The Tom Ripley books are something special. Written by Patricia Highsmith, they center on the morally dubious and sexually fluid — if only in his thoughts — Tom Ripley. He is a dapper fellow, living a life of seeming leisure, but usually ending up in a heap of trouble. And, as Deadline reports, Luther creator Neil Cross will pen a series based on Highsmith’s novels for Endemol Shine Studios.
Ripley’s most successful media adventure is likely 1999’s The Talented Mr. Ripley, directed by the late Anthony Minghella and starring Matt Damon as the title character. Ripley’s Game was subsequently adapted and starred John Malkovich as Ripley, but it shared no ties to the Minghella film. It was followed by an adaptation of Ripley Under Ground starring Barry Pepper. It also shared no connection to the previous productions.
Ripley’s Game also served as the basis for Wim Wenders‘ The American Friend in 1977 with Dennis Hopper playing Ripley. The Talented Mr. Ripley was also adapted in 1960 as Purple Noon with Alain Delon in the part.
It is currently unclear when the series will air or who will play Ripley, but with Cross aboard, the project will certainly get attention.
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