Lyne nears Fox thriller

Ziskin not taking producing role

Adrian Lyne is in negotiations to helm an untitled psychological thriller for Fox 2000, based on a script by Alvin Sargent (“Anywhere But Here,” “Bogus”).

Pic is loosely derived from the 1969 French lingo pic “La Femme Infidele,” which was helmed and scripted by Claude Chabrol.

Not new to films exploring the territory of compromised marital vows, Lyne most recently helmed Lions Gate’s “Lolita,” as well as pics “Indecent Proposal” and “Fatal Attraction.”

Picture is an intensely dark drama about a woman in a solid but passionless marriage. When she has an affair, her outraged husband finds out, tracks down her lover and kills him.

Strangely, this provides the needed spark her marriage so sorely lacked and, with newfound respect for hubby, she agrees to conceal the deed and stay with him.

While former Fox 2000 topper Laura Ziskin had overseen the development of the project, a spokeswoman for Fox said that the former 2000 topper (now bound for Sony Pictures Entertainment as a producer) will not produce the pic.

Calls to Ziskin were not returned.

Lyne is repped by ICM; Sargent by Lee Rosenberg at the William Morris Agency.

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