Director Adrian Lyne will segue from pre-pubescent girls to neighborhood killers in the Gotham thriller “The Murderer Next Door” for Columbia Pictures, the studio confirmed Wednesday.
Lyne, whose last film was Showtime-bound “Lolita,” will develop the script by Rafael Yglesias and direct the project, which will be produced by Michael Besman.
Lyne’s salary on the pic could not be confirmed, but sources said he will likely earn more than the $6 million he is in discussions for at 20th Century Fox on “Infidelity.”
“This is the kind of Adrian Lyne story that everyone wants to see, like ‘Fatal Attraction’ or ‘Indecent Proposal,’ ” said one insider.
“Murderer,” based on Yglesias’ own novel, is about a New York woman whose best friend is murdered by her own husband, leaving their 6-year-old without parents. As the husband is awaiting trial, the best friend attempts to get custody of the little girl to keep her away from the murderer.
Columbia exec VP Lauren Lloyd and director of development Andrea Giannetti will oversee the project for the studio.
In addition to “Fatal Attraction” and “Indecent Proposal,” both B.O. performers, Lyne also helmed the hit “Flashdance.” He was repped by ICM in the deal.
Besman last produced the indie pic “The Opposite of Sex” and the Brad Pitt starrer “Seven Years in Tibet” for Sony.
Yglesias’ scripting credits include “Les Miserables,” “Death and the Maiden” and “Fearless.”