The book, which was awards the Prix Européen du Polar du Point, the European prize for best literary debut, follows “famous writer Henry Hayden, who manages to uphold his image as a loving husband but is in danger of losing the facade when his mistress becomes pregnant.”
De Palma, whose past credits include the likes of Carrie, Scarface, The Untouchables and Mission: Impossible, has not directed a movie since 2012’s Passion. He was also the subject of the 2015 documentary De Palma from directors Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow.
Pitched as a black comedy, Arango will pen the screenplay, flanked by producers Steve Schwartz, Paula Mae Schwartz and Wechsler. It’s a tale that centers on one Henry Hayden, a seemingly genuine author and all-round stand-up guy who has carved out a living as a writer.
Little does the literature world know that it’s actually his wife that penned the novels that shot him to stardom, and complications begin to arise thick and fast when the identity of Henry’s mistress is revealed – and to add fuel to the fire, she’s also pregnant.
Here’s a synopsis of Arango’s source material:
Henry Hayden seems like someone you might admire, or even come to think of as a friend. A famous bestselling author.
Based on the award-winning 2015 Sascha Arango novel, with the author penning the screenplay. The story follows a famous writer whose facade of being a virtuous, loving husband is in danger of falling apart when his mistress becomes pregnant.
He tries to get rid of her but makes a terrible mistake in the process and ends up managing a growing series of lies and complications. Steve Schwartz, Paula Mae Schwartz and Wechsler are producing.
The basic outlines make it sound like an endeavor right up the filmmaker’s alley, following a celebrated author, Henry Hayden, whose messy personal life — his wife writes his books, for one, and he’s impregnated his mistress — and hidden past begin coming to light, necessitating the need to “manage a growing series of lies and complications.” It’s fair to say De Palma has some vested interest in lies, conspiracy, danger, suspense, and spinning these into sickly amusing scenarios — so who better,
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