Patrick Wilson, Jessica Biel, Imogen Poots and Toby Jones have joined the cast of the untitled film based on the Patricia Highsmith novel The Blunderer, which will be directed by Andy Goddard. Killer Films’ Christine Vachon and David Hinojosa will produce the psychological thriller along with Ted Hope and Sierra Pictures. Sierra Pictures will finance the film. The executive producers are Sierra/Affinity’s Nick Meyer, Marc Schaberg and Kelly McCormick. Sierra/Affinity will handle international sales of the project, making it available to buyers for the first time at the Cannes Film Festival. CAA is overseeing the sale of the project domestically. The film is slated to begin production later this year.
Highsmith wrote the Blunderer novel in between Strangers On A Train and The Talented Mr Ripley. Set in early-1960s New York, Walter Stackhouse (Wilson) is a successful architect married to the beautiful Clara (Biel) and leading a charmed and perfect life. But his fascination with an unsolved murder leads him into a spiral of chaos as he is forced to play cat-and-mouse with a clever killer (Jones) and an over-ambitious detective. Walter’s obsession, his lies and his lust for another woman (Poots) will collide in a crush of guilt, innocence and, ultimately, fate.
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Andy Goddard has been attached to direct The Blunderer, based on Patricia Highsmith’s novel by the same name. Ted Hope and Killer Films’ Christine Vachon will produce the psychological thriller along with Sierra Pictures, which is financing the film. Susan Boyd adapted the novel, which she optioned with her husband, novelist and screenwriter William Boyd, who is executive producing. The novel follows the young, successful and handsome, Walter Stackhouse who seems to have it all, that is, until the day his wife’s body is found at the bottom of a cliff. Under the intense scrutiny of the investigation he commits one mistake, then another, until he finds his perfect life derailed. Goddard most recently directed the two-hour season finale of Downton Abbey. Kelly McCormick, Sierra/Affinity’s SVP of Development and Production, will oversee the production for the company. Goddard is represented by Resolution, United Agents, and attorney Michael Schenkman. Susan Boyd is represented by Stephen Durbridge at The Agency.