Screenwriter David Murray has been tapped by Fox 2000 to pen a new screen adaptation of the Francoise Sagan novel “Bonjour Tristesse.”
Fox 2000 optioned the novel last year (Daily Variety, Oct. 18) for producers Tova Laiter (“Varsity Blues”) and Susan Becker.
Murray wrote the spec “One for the Ages,” which is at New Line with Horsehoe Bay Prods. producing and Richard Gere attached to star. Murray also did a production rewrite on “The Antwone Fisher Story,” at Fox Searchlight with Todd Black producing and Denzel Washington directing.
“Bonjour Tristesse” (which translates as “Hello Sadness”) tells the story of a restless 17-year-old daughter of an aging playboy. She tries to undermine what may be her father’s last chance for happiness — marriage to her strait-laced godmother. But the girl’s machinations lead to a tragic end.
Otto Preminger directed a version in 1958 starring Jean Seberg, David Niven and Deborah Kerr. More recently, Peter Kassovitz (“Jacob the Liar”) helmed a 1994 French adaptation.
The latest version is being overseen by Fox 2000 execs Carla Hacken and Tracy Silbert.
Murray is repped by the Gersh Agency and attorney Matt Johnson.