Television 360, Endemol Shine Studios and publisher Diogenes are all teaming up for a TV series based on novelist Patricia Highsmith’s five-book series about the serial killer character Tom Ripley.
Guymon Casady (“Game of Thrones”) and Ben Forkner (“The Killing Room”) will executive produce and are aiming to get a major filmmaker and actor onboard the project before they shop it around premium cable networks or streaming services.
The plan with the series is to expand and explore the “depth, sophistication and complexity” of the Tom Ripley character. Both the first book “The Talented Mr. Ripley” and the third book “Ripley’s Game” have seen two big screen adaptations a piece, whilst the second novel “Ripley Under Ground” was adapted once. Matt Damon, John Malkovich, Dennis Hopper, Barry Pepper and Alain Delon have all previously played the character.
The final two books, “The Boy Who Followed Ripley” and “Ripley Under Water,” have not been adapted for the screen. The announcement comes as “Carol,” a film adaptation of Highsmith’s story “The Price of Salt,” was one of the most well-reviewed features at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
Source: The Live Feed