Why no one has done this before is anyone’s guess.
We went to our local film club this week, where they showed Wim Wenders’ version of Patricia Highsmith’s Ripley’s Game, titled The American Friend, starring Dennis Hopper as Tom Ripley and Bruno Ganz as Jonathan. It was great and it made us realise that Ripley’s canon is larger than you think.
Now news reaches us that Oscar-winning screenwriter Steven Zaillian is to take a closer look at Highsmith’s famed sociopath (played onscreen by the likes of Alain Delon, the aforementioned Hopper, John Malkovich and Matt Damon) for a TV series.
Zaillian will use the five novels written by Highsmith — The Talented Mrs. Ripley, Ripley Under Ground, Ripley’s Game, The Boy Who Followed Ripley and Ripley Underwater — as a road map to show Ripley’s progression from con artist to serial killer.
One of literature’s most iconic anti-heroes and bad guys coming to TV? Sign us up!