Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara’s “Carol” didn’t take home the top prize at Cannes, but the lesbian romance was undoubtedly one of the highest-profile films of the festival.
Perhaps it’s author Patricia Highsmith’s renewed caché that has led to the development on a TV show around her most famous character, the homicidal social chameleon Ripley. The five books about him — “The Talented Mr. Ripley” (1955), “Ripley Underground” (1970), “Ripley’s Game” (1974), “The Boy Who Followed Ripley” (1980) and “Ripley Under Water” (1991) — will be turned into a TV series. Executive producers are searching for the right creator/director and star before shopping the project around to premium cable networks and streaming services.
Ripley has already “starred” in the films “Purple Noon” (1960) and “The Talented Mr. Ripley” (1999). Highsmith’s debut novel was “Strangers on a Train,” which was adapted for the screen by Alfred Hitchcock. Her sophomore work, “The Price of Salt,” is the basis for “Carol.”