Six years after A Single Man, a noir thriller is in the works
A whole six years since his directorial debut, fashion designer Tom Ford has reportedly committed to another movie project – and he’ll be working alongside George Clooney.
Nocturnal Animals will be an adaptation of the 1993 Austin Wright novel Tony and Susan, which follows two parallel stories – one about a man whose family holiday descends into violence, and another about a woman looking back on a failed marriage. Ford has adapted the novel into a screenplay, and will direct the film with Argo’s Grant Helsov and George Clooney acting as co-producers.
It’s been a long wait since 2009’s stylish tragedy A Single Man, for which Colin Firth won the Academy Award for Best Actor. Last month, Ford confirmed to WWD that he finished the new screenplay in September, and has adapted the themes and plot of the novel with some entirely new sections: “A book is a book; a film is a film. They are totally different things. Sometimes things are subtle in a book because there’s an inner monologue with the character, and turning it into a film, you don’t have that inner monologue – unless you do, which I don’t love… You have to have something personal; you have to take what speaks to you about a book and amplify that.”
Ford famously has many friends in Hollywood – his latest front row included Julianne Moore, Gwyneth Paltrow, Scarlett Johansson and Amy Adams, so it would be no surprise if one of those stars appeared in Nocturnal Animals. Because of his fashion commitments throughout the year, though, he’ll reportedly only be able to shoot the movie between mid-September and December – so we could be waiting some time to find out.