EXCLUSIVE: Krysty Wilson-Cairns is set to write the film adaptation of Gay Talese’s The Voyeur’s Motel which Sam Mendes will direct and produce at DreamWorks Pictures with Steven Spielberg also producing. The hot project that was taken off the market for close to $1M two months ago is being adapted from Talese’s upcoming book (to drop July 12 from Grove Press) and his April 11th New Yorker article The Voyeur’s Motel.
Cairns is becoming an old pro, having recently adapted The New York Times bestselling true crime book The Good Nurse for Darren Aronofsky and Lionsgate and she wrote for the third season of Showtime’s original series Penny Dreadful (which was executive produced by Mendes and John Logan).
The project is a salacious one about a Colorado man named Gerald Foos, a lifelong voyeur, who opened a hotel primarily so he could watch guests having sex, through ceiling vents. He did more, however, than observe. He became complicit in a murder when he flushed the drugs of a dealer down the toilet and that dealer blamed his girlfriend and strangled her. Interestingly, Foos was said to have sought out Talese because of his groundbreaking book on sex, Thy Neighbor’s Wife.
This marks Mendes return to DreamWorks where he made his directorial debut on the Academy Award winning Best Picture American Beauty. He is working on this project through his Neal Street banner and Julie Pastor will oversee for Neal Street while Holly Bario for DreamWorks.
Cairns is represented by CAA, United Agents in UK and her lawyer is Tara Kole. Talese’s and Spielberg are represented by CAA.