At long last, fashion designer Tom Ford has announced his directorial follow-up to 2009’s elegant Christopher Isherwood adaptation “A Single Man,” which nabbed Colin Firth a Best Actor Oscar nomination.
THR reports that Ford is set to lens the postmodern neo-noir thriller “Nocturnal Animals” and that George Clooney will produce alongside Smokehouse Pictures partner Grant Heslov. Though the project is not yet set up at a studio, Smokehouse has a first look deal with Sony.
Based on Austin Wright’s 1993 book “Tony and Susan,” Tom Ford’s script is about a woman, Susan, whose ex-husband sends her a book manuscript containing two stories: the title tale “Nocturnal Animals” about a man whose family vacation takes fatal turns, and the story of Susan as she recollects her first marriage and confronts her spiritual demons.
The Film Stage has more enticing bits about the production, specifically that it may be a two-part picture and that Ford, who’s in the early stages of casting per a recent WWD interview, wants to shoot in the Fall and will need six weeks to wrap the project. Ford’s Independent Spirit-nominated debut “A Single Man” was shot in three weeks.