Patricia Highsmith’s popular book series, known as Ripliad and beginning with The Talented Mr. Ripley, may be headed to TV. The plan for this prospective small screen adaptation is to expand on two feature films that were based on the first book in the five-volume series: the 1999 Oscar-nominated thriller starring Matt Damon and an earlier version titled Purple Noon, released in 1960.
The project is a joint effort between Television 360, Endemol Shine Studios and publisher Diogenes. Executive producing are Guymon Casady (Game of Thrones) and Ben Forkner (Good People), both of whom are longtime fans of the books. This TV show is expected to air on either a premium cable channel or a streaming service.
It has been 60 years since the fascinating and now internationally recognized Tom Ripley character burst onto the literary scene. One of the biggest goals of the producers is to explore the depth, complexity and sophistication of Highsmith’s intriguing protagonist. The book series, published over a span of four decades, has spawned a total of five films so far, but interestingly, no actor has played Ripley in more than one movie. As for the TV series, it may be a challenge to find the right actor to portray the charming, charismatic and brilliant sociopath.