In one of the largest preemptive buys in history, Universal Pictures and Focus Features have reportedly forked out a whopping $20 million for worldwide rights to fashion designer Tom Ford’s second directorial effort “Nocturnal Animals”.
Based on the 1993 Austin Wright novel “Tony and Susan,” the postmodern noir thriller follows a woman (Amy Adams) who receives a book manuscript from her ex-husband (Jake Gyllenhaal), a man whom she left twenty years earlier, asking for her opinion.
The book then tracks two stories: the story of the novel itself about a man whose family vacation turns deadly, and the story of this woman who finds herself recalling her first marriage and confronting some dark truths about herself.
Universal will handle the film internationally while Focus will release the film in the United States. Ford previously directed 2009’s much acclaimed “A Single Man” and wrote the script for this adaptation himself.