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Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara's "Carol" didn't take home the top prize at Cannes, but the lesbian romance was undoubtedly one of the highest-profile films of the festival. Perhaps it's author Patricia Highsmith's renewed caché that has led to the development on a TV show around her most famous character, the homicidal social chameleon Ripley. The five books about him -- "The Talented Mr. Ripley" (1955), "Ripley Underground" (1970), "Ripley's Game" (1974), "The Boy Who Followed Ripley" (1980) and "Ripley Under Water" (1991) -- will be turned into a TV series. Executive producers are searching for the right creator/director and star before shopping the project around to premium cable networks and streaming services. Ripley has already "starred" in the films "Purple Noon" (1960) and "The Talented Mr. Ripley" (1999). Highsmith's debut novel was "Strangers...
- Inkoo Kang
With this year marking the 60th anniversary of Tom Ripley's debut, it seems fitting that a significant new screen project should be in the works. Much filmed already, this time he's heading to television, with Television 360 and Endemol Shine Studios joining forces to adapt all five of Patricia Highsmith's macabre crime novels.Not the alien-fighting kind, Highsmith's Ripley is a con-artist and serial killer, living the high life courtesy of a stolen inheritance, a wealthy father-in-law and a lucrative sideline in art forgery. Suave and sophisticated, he's completely without conscience and can't even remember his bodycount (it's actually a modest ten, with a handful of other deaths indirectly attributable to him). The books he appears in, published between 1955 and 1991, are The Talented Mr. Ripley, Ripley Under Ground, Ripley's Game, The Boy Who Followed Ripley and Ripley Under Water. The first was adapted as Purple Moon with Alain Delon »
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, »
- Garth Franklin
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