RKO Pictures has inked development deals with “The Man Who Fell to Earth” director Nicolas Roeg and screenwriter Dan Gurskis to adapt the mystery thriller “The Locked Room,” sources said Tuesday.

Based on the third novel in Paul Auster’s New York trilogy, “The Locked Room” is about an undistinguished academic writer who is drawn into a world of fear and intrigue after he is named executor of the will of an acclaimed novelist.

Roeg, who last directed “Heart of Darkness” for Turner7Pictures, will supervise the development of the project and collaborate with Gurskis in the writing of “The Locked Room” screenplay. The 65-year-old director has had a controversial Hollywood career punctuated by the 1970 experimental James Fox-Mick Jagger starrer “Performance” for Warner Bros., the Donald Sutherland-Julie Christie thriller “Don’t Look Now” and the David Bowie starrer “The Man Who Fell to Earth.”

Screenwriter Gurskis has previously been involved as writer/executive producer of USA Network’s “Body Language,” story consultant for Cinemax’s “Dangerous Film Club” and as writer/producer/director of Cinemax’s “James Stewart.”

“The Locked Room” is the latest deal for RKO, which is currently developing an adaptation of “Mata Hari” and “The Last Blossom of the Plum Tree.”

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