The series adaption of Patricia Highsmith’s Tom Ripley novels has found a writer in Luther creator Neil Cross. The project has been in development at Endemol Shine Studios for the past year.

There are five novels in the series, beginning with The Talented Mr. Ripley, and followed by Ripley Underground (1970), Ripley’s Game (1974), The Boy Who Followed Ripley (1980) and Ripley Under Water (1991). In the books, the suave but amoral Ripley, whose sexuality stirred controversy when the books were published, travels the world, visiting some the most beautiful cities in Europe.

The TV series is executive produced by Cross, Guymon Casady and Ben Forkner of Television 360, and Philipp Keel of Diogenes (Highsmith’s Zurich-based publisher and agency). Lifelong fans of the Ripley books, Casady and Forkner built a relationship with Keel and Diogenes, which evolved into a creative partnership to develop the novels together as a series.