‘The Talented Mr. Ripley’ Is Finally Becoming a TV Show

Hide your social security card, because The Talented Mr. Ripley is coming to TV.

Twenty years after the breakout film starring Gwyneth Paltrow (Marge Sherwood), Jude Law (Dickie Greenleaf) and Matt Damon (Tom Ripley) hit theaters, it’s officially getting the small-screen treatment with acclaimed writer/director Steve Zaillian at the helm.  

Zaillian is attached to write and direct the series, which, like the film, will be based on the Patricia Highsmith novels. The five-book series centers on a young conman in New York named Tom Ripley who’s struggling to make a living—until he’s approached with an intriguing proposition. Tom is hired to travel to Italy to retrieve a young millionaire whose father wants him to return home and start running the family business. So, off he goes to draw Dickie Greenleaf back to New York, only he’s not successful. Soon his desire to be part of the wealthy jet-set gets the best of him and he evolves into a serial killer to keep his charade going.

In addition to Zillian—who’s responsible for such gripping films as Schindler’s List, Hannibal and Gangs of New York and also co-created the HBO miniseries The Night ofCowboy, Ninja, Viking producer Ben Forkner is also attached to executive produce. Game of Thrones executive producer Guymon Casady, Red Sparrow executive producer Garrett Basch and Diogenes publishing figurehead Philipp Keel will join Forkner.

The show is currently making the studio and streaming platform rounds, so TBD where it ends up.

A new high-brow and highly stylized serial killer thriller? Oh, we’re so in.

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