Voyeur’s Motel Film Hits Authenticity Troubles

One of the most talked about upcoming book releases and recent film deals has to be that of “The Voyeur’s Motel,” the currently in the works film adaptation of Gay Talese’s true story novel.

The story first came to many’s attention with an April New Yorker article ahead of the book’s publication which will take place next month. It covers the story of lifelong voyeur Gerald Foos who opened a hotel primarily so he could watch guests having sex through ceiling vents which he claimed to do from the late 1960s through to the mid-1990s.

It was also indicated he was allegedly complicit in a murder he caused when he flushed the drugs of a dealer down the toilet and that dealer blamed his girlfriend and strangled her. Krysty Wilson-Cairns was brought on to adapt the story into a script, while Sam Mendes was set to direct and produce with Steven Spielberg.

Now everything is in question as Talese disavowed his book yesterday, citing credibility problems, before he and the publisher changed their minds today and now reportedly stand by it. Deadline reports that those involved in the film, which is still in the development stage, are trying to figure out what to do in light of the revelations of possible story fabrications.

Much of this was brought on after The Washington Post this week found out that Foos sold his motel in 1980 and didn’t get it back until 1988, thereby destroying elements of his story’s credibility. Another falsehood he stated was that Foos’ son Mark occupied the same apartment later rented out by the mass shooter in Aurora who killed twelve during the midnight screening of “The Dark Knight Rises”.

Grove Publishing responded to The Washington Post story saying that they are moving forward with the publication of the book on July 12th and indicate in a statement that: “Talese has not disavowed the book and will participate in the promotions in the coming weeks.” Talese has also published a statement saying: “Let me be clear: I am not disavowing the book and neither is my publisher. If, down the line, there are details to correct in later editions, we’ll do that.”

Morgan Entrekin, CEO and Publisher of Grove Atlantic says: “The vast majority of the book focuses on Foos early life and the years from 1969 to 1980, which is not at issue in The Washington Post story. Grove takes the Post story seriously and will work with Talese to address any questions in future printings.”