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Paramount+ preps for reimagining of Fatal Attraction in TV adaptation

Fatal Attraction, the 1987 psychological thriller starring Michael Douglas, Glenn Close and Anne Archer, is being adapted for TV at ViacomCBS-owned streamer Paramount+.

Lizzy Caplan

The project comes from Paramount Television Studios and Amblin Television, with Lizzy Caplan (Castle Rock, Masters of Sex) set to play the lead role.

Described as a “deep-dive reimagining of the classic psychosexual thriller and 80s cultural touchstone,” the adaptation will explore the themes of marriage and infidelity through the lens of modern attitudes towards strong women, personality disorders and coercive control.

Alexandra Cunningham (Dirty John, Chance) serves as writer, showrunner and executive producer. Also exec producing are Kevin J Hynes (Perry Mason), who shares a co-story credit with Cunningham, and Amblin Television co-presidents Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey.

“Alexandra brings an incredibly strong and nuanced point of view to a story that became a cultural phenomenon, but has thus far only been told from the male gaze,” said Paramount+ president of original scripted series Nicole Clemens.

Paramount+’s slate of originals also includes The Good Fight, Evil, Why Women Kill, Star Trek: Discovery, Star Trek: Picard and Guilty Party, in addition to upcoming series The Offer, The Game, Mayor of Kingstown, 1883, Star Trek: Strange New Worlds and Halo.

Amblin Television is the TV arm of Steven Spielberg-led Partners. The TV division currently has 11 projects in various stages of production and release, including season two of Animaniacs (Hulu), Resident Alien (SYFY), seasons three and four of Roswell, New Mexico (The CW), Halo (Paramount+), Billy the Kid (Epix) and Masters of the Air (Apple TV+).


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