Sam Mendes’ ‘Voyeur’s Motel’ Movie Finds Writer

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DreamWorks has hired Krysty Wilson-Cairns to write the screenplay for its adaptation of Gay Talese’s “The Voyeur’s Motel” with Sam Mendes directing and producing.

Steven Spielberg is also producing. It’s the fourth movie that Mendes, who directed the James Bond movies “Skyfall” and “Spectre,” has directed for DreamWorks following “American Beauty,” “The Road to Perdition” and “Revolutionary Road.”

Mendes will also produce through his Neal Street banner with Steven Spielberg. Julie Pastor will oversee for Neal Street and Holly Bario for DreamWorks.

DreamWorks won an auction in April for the rights to Talese’s book, based on the life of Colorado resident Gerald Foos, who opened a hotel so he could watch guests having sex. Talese met Foos in 1980 and agreed to a confidentiality agreement that Foos voided in 2013 after selling the hotel.

An excerpt of “The Voyeur’s Motel” ran in the April 11 issue of the New Yorker and the book will be published July 12 by Grove Press.

Cairns adapted the true crime book “The Good Nurse” for Darren Aronofsky and Lionsgate and wrote for the third season of Showtime’s “Penny Dreadful” with John Logan and Mendes exec producing.

Cairns is represented by CAA, United Agents in UK and her lawyer is Tara Kole. Talese and Spielberg are represented by CAA. The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.

 

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