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‘Gay Talese and the Voyeur’ Documentary Completed About Controversial Book ‘The Voyeur’s Motel’

Sam Mendes may be directing the feature based on Talese's book.

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Myles Kane and Josh Koury are checking into the Voyeur’s Motel. Deadline has the news that the co-directors have completed their documentary  “Gay Talese and the Voyeur,” which chronicles the writing of Talese’s controversial nonfiction book “The Voyeur’s Motel.”

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The book has gained considerable attention not only for its subject matter — a Colorado motel owner named Gerald Foos who spied on his guests for decades and documented his observations — but also for the fact that its veracity has been called into question. An excerpt was published in The New Yorker earlier this year, while the book itself came out in June. Steven Spielberg has acquired the rights to adapt “The Voyeur’s Motel” into a feature, with Sam Mendes (“American Beauty,” “Skyfall”) having been mentioned as a possible director.

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Gay Talese and the Voyeur” is expected to premiere next year, though it has yet to acquire distribution. “This is one of the most exciting projects we have seen in quite some time,” said executive producer Dan Cogan. “The relationship between the storyteller and their real-life subject is the secret third rail in every great work of nonfiction. It drives the creation of the story, but nobody wants to touch on it. This film jumps right into that breach and tells an amazing story of the crazy, deeply fraught but nonetheless essential relationship between storyteller and subject.”

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