Writer and director Steve Zaillian is returning to TV for a Talented Mr. Ripley TV series. The series will be inspired by the sociopathic social climber from Patricia Highsmith’s novels, and while the Ripley show hasn’t found a home yet, several networks are clamoring to get their hands on it. This will be the latest screen adaptation of Highsmith’s character, who has been featured in several films – most notably Anthony Minghella’s 1999 adaptation, The Talented Mr. Ripley.
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Posted on Friday, March 25th, 2016 by Angie Han
Patricia Highsmith‘s name may not be quite famous enough to be a brand unto itself, like Jane Austen or Stephen King, but you’ve been watching her work for ages even if you don’t realize it. Most recently, her novel The Price of Salt was turned into the remarkable drama Carol, but adaptations of her writing go all the way back to 1951’s Strangers on a Train.
Now the late author is headed to the small screen. Luthor creator Neil Cross is working on a TV series centered around Tom Ripley, the slippery con artist who features in several of Highsmith’s novels starting with The Talented Mr. Ripley. Read More »
The Ripley character created by Patricia Highsmith has been the center of many films. The best-known now is probably The Talented Mr. Ripley, directed by Anthony Minghella with Matt Damon (above) in the lead role. And Rene Clement’s Purple Noon is a standout that should be better known. There are actually five films all told, with five different actors in the lead. (Which is kind of appropriate in its own way.)
Now producers plan to mine Highsmith’s novels once more, this time for a Talented Mr. Ripley TV series. (There’s no affiliation with the Matt Damon film; we’ve used that image as a convenient reference point.) Read More »