A “Fatal Attraction” series adaptation has been commissioned from Paramount Plus, starring Lizzy Caplan in one of the lead roles.
The series is described as an in-depth remake of the film that will explore the timeless themes of marriage and infidelity through the lens of modern attitudes towards strong women, personality disorders and compulsive control. Caplan is to play the role of Alex, who is occupied by his lover after a short affair. Glenn Close played Alex in the film version and earned himself an Oscar and Golden Globe nomination in the process. The role of Dan, played by Michael Douglas in the film, has not yet been cast.
Alexandra Cunningham acts as author, showrunner and executive producer on the series. Kevin J. Hynes shares a co-story credit with Cunningham and will also be producing. Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey produce for Amblin Television. Paramount Television Studios must produce.
“Alexandra brings an incredibly strong and nuanced point of view to a story that became a cultural phenomenon, but which so far has only been told from the male gaze,” said Nicole Clemens, president of Paramount Plus’ original script series. “Together with Kevin, they will bring the next explosive chapter in this story to a new generation with a balanced eye for the complexity of the human psyche.”
It’s not the first time in recent years that Caplan has played the TV iteration of a female film character with a violent streak. She has previously starred in the second season of “Castle Rock” on Hulu in the role of Annie Wilkes, who became famously played by Kathy Bates in the 1990 film “Misery”. Caplan is also known for her starring role in the Showtime drama “Masters of Sex “, for which she received an Emmy nomination in 2014. Her other TV roles include” Truth Be Told “at Apple,” Party Down “at Starz and the Sky series” Das Boot “. On the film side, she has starred in features such as “Cloverfield”, “Mean Girls”, “The Night Before” and “Extinction”.
She is represented by WME, Independent Talent Group, Rise Management and Jackoway Austen Tyerman.
“Fatal Attraction” was based on the short film “Diversion” by James Dearden, who wrote the script for the feature. The film became a major box office by its debut in 1987, grossing over $ 320 million worldwide. In addition to Close’s nominations, the film was nominated for Oscars and Golden Globes in the categories of Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress and Best Director.
Paramount Plus originally announced that the “Fatal Attraction” series was under development in February along with other classic Paramount movies such as “Love Story”, “The Italian Job” and “Flashdance”. Fox had tried a serial version of “Fatal Attraction” in 2015, but the project ultimately did not go ahead.