Fox sets Mike Nichols for ‘Deep Water’

Helmer to adapt Patricia Highsmith novel

Fox 2000 has set Mike Nichols to direct and Joe Penhall to write “Deep Water,” an adaptation of the 1957 Patricia Highsmith novel.

Penhall most recently adapted the Cormac McCarthy novel “The Road.” John Hillcoat directed the film, which stars Viggo Mortensen and Charlize Theron.

“Deep Water” will be a co-production of Film Rites and Film 360, the film production division of Management 360. Steve Zaillian, Nichols and Ben Forkner will produce.

Guymon Casady and Garrett Basch are executive producers.

Highsmith wrote the thrillers “Strangers on a Train” and “The Talented Mr. Ripley.” In “Deep Water,” a couple in a loveless marriage hang on through an arrangement whereby the husband permits the wife to take lovers. Suspense builds as those lovers begin dying.

In landing Nichols, Fox 2000’s Elizabeth Gabler and Carla Hacken continue their momentum of attracting top-tier filmmakers to their projects. The duo also developed the Jonathan Tropper script for “Harvey,” to which Steven Spielberg committed as his next film, a co-production between Fox and DreamWorks (Daily Variety, Aug. 3).

Nichols is repped by CAA, Zaillian by WME

More Film

  • Korea's Gang Dong-won to Star in

    Korea's Gang Dong-won to Star in Simon West’s ‘Tsunami LA’

    Fox 2000 has set Mike Nichols to direct and Joe Penhall to write “Deep Water,” an adaptation of the 1957 Patricia Highsmith novel. Penhall most recently adapted the Cormac McCarthy novel “The Road.” John Hillcoat directed the film, which stars Viggo Mortensen and Charlize Theron. “Deep Water” will be a co-production of Film Rites and […]

  • Korea Box Office: 'Steel Rain' Defeats

    Korea Box Office: 'Steel Rain' Defeats 'Star Wars' to Dominate Weekend

    Fox 2000 has set Mike Nichols to direct and Joe Penhall to write “Deep Water,” an adaptation of the 1957 Patricia Highsmith novel. Penhall most recently adapted the Cormac McCarthy novel “The Road.” John Hillcoat directed the film, which stars Viggo Mortensen and Charlize Theron. “Deep Water” will be a co-production of Film Rites and […]

  • netflix-the-little-prince

    Mediawan Closes In on Acquisition of Dimitri Rassam's ON Kids & Family

    Fox 2000 has set Mike Nichols to direct and Joe Penhall to write “Deep Water,” an adaptation of the 1957 Patricia Highsmith novel. Penhall most recently adapted the Cormac McCarthy novel “The Road.” John Hillcoat directed the film, which stars Viggo Mortensen and Charlize Theron. “Deep Water” will be a co-production of Film Rites and […]

  • China Box Office: Local Titles 'Youth'

    China Box Office: Local Titles 'Youth' and 'Dunjia' Dominate Weekend

    Fox 2000 has set Mike Nichols to direct and Joe Penhall to write “Deep Water,” an adaptation of the 1957 Patricia Highsmith novel. Penhall most recently adapted the Cormac McCarthy novel “The Road.” John Hillcoat directed the film, which stars Viggo Mortensen and Charlize Theron. “Deep Water” will be a co-production of Film Rites and […]

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Four Reasons Why 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Isn't One for the Ages

    Fox 2000 has set Mike Nichols to direct and Joe Penhall to write “Deep Water,” an adaptation of the 1957 Patricia Highsmith novel. Penhall most recently adapted the Cormac McCarthy novel “The Road.” John Hillcoat directed the film, which stars Viggo Mortensen and Charlize Theron. “Deep Water” will be a co-production of Film Rites and […]

  • Mark Hamill and Ted Cruz Get

    Mark Hamill and Ted Cruz Get in Net Neutrality-Related Twitter Fight

    Fox 2000 has set Mike Nichols to direct and Joe Penhall to write “Deep Water,” an adaptation of the 1957 Patricia Highsmith novel. Penhall most recently adapted the Cormac McCarthy novel “The Road.” John Hillcoat directed the film, which stars Viggo Mortensen and Charlize Theron. “Deep Water” will be a co-production of Film Rites and […]

  • 'Ethel & Ernest' Review

    Film Review: 'Ethel & Ernest'

    Fox 2000 has set Mike Nichols to direct and Joe Penhall to write “Deep Water,” an adaptation of the 1957 Patricia Highsmith novel. Penhall most recently adapted the Cormac McCarthy novel “The Road.” John Hillcoat directed the film, which stars Viggo Mortensen and Charlize Theron. “Deep Water” will be a co-production of Film Rites and […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content