Sam Mendes’ “The Voyeur’s Motel” has found its writer in Krysty Wilson-Cairns. Mendes is directing and producing the project, which also has Steven Spielberg attached to produce.
Cairns will adapt the script from Gay Talese’s upcoming book of the same name (which will be released July 12), as well as from his article of the same name from the New Yorker.
Cairns is no stranger to adaptations; she recently adapted the true crime book “The Good Nurse” for a Darren Aronofsky project. She also penned part of the third season of “Penny Dreadful,” which Mendes also produced.
The synopsis of the book provides potential key details about the film:
On January 7, 1980, in the run-up to the publication of his landmark bestseller Thy Neighbor’s Wife, Gay Talese received an anonymous letter from a man in Colorado. “Since learning of your long awaited study of coast-to-coast sex in America,” the letter began, “I feel I have important information that I could contribute to its contents or to contents of a future book.” The man went on to tell Talese an astonishing secret, that he had bought a motel to satisfy his voyeuristic desires. He had built an attic “observation platform,” fitted with vents, through which he could peer down on his unwitting guests.
Unsure what to make of this confession, Talese traveled to Colorado where he met the man—Gerald Foos—verified his story in person, and read some of his extensive journals, a secret record of America’s changing social and sexual mores. But because Foos insisted on remaining anonymous, Talese filed his reporting away, assuming the story would remain untold. Now, after thirty-five years, he’s ready to go public and Talese can finally tell his story. The Voyeur’s Motel is an extraordinary work of narrative journalism, and one of the most talked about books of the year.
However, the book’s description fails to mention one of the key aspects of Foos’ story, which is reportedly being featured in the film. Foos became entangled in a murder when he flushed a drug dealer’s drugs down the toilet, and the dealer then blamed his girlfriend and murdered her for it.
The film has not yet been cast, nor has a release schedule been announced.
Mendes won an Oscar for directing the 1999 film “American Beauty.” He most recently directed the James Bond film “Spectre.”
Deadline was the first to report the news on Cairns.