Adrian Lyne in talks to make directing return with Ben Affleck thriller

Psychological thriller Deep Water is set to be based on Patricia Highsmith's 1957 novel.

Adrian Lyne is reportedly close to making a return to directing with Ben Affleck's next film.

According to editors at Deadline, the British filmmaker is circling psychological thriller Deep Water, based on Patricia Highsmith's 1957 novel, with Affleck and Cuban actress Ana de Armas in negotiations to play the movie's married couple, Vic and Melinda Van Allen, who get caught up in a murder mystery.

Should the deal go ahead, the project will mark 78-year-old Lyne's first film in 17 years, having last made 2002's Unfaithful with Richard Gere, Diane Lane, and Olivier Martinez. He is also known for making a string of other dramatic movies, including Fatal Attraction, 9 ½ Weeks, Indecent Proposal, and Jacob's Ladder, as well as 1983 classic Flashdance.

Studio bosses at New Regency are overseeing the Deep Water film, with Zach Helm and Sam Levinson adapting the script. Producers are looking to begin shooting in November.

Two-time Oscar winner Affleck has a packed slate of films at the moment and is currently in the post-production phases of the Jay and Silent Bob reboot, sports drama Torrance, and crime film The Last Thing He Wanted. He has been attached to reprise his role as Christian Wolff in a sequel to The Accountant too, and recently announced he was re-teaming with his Good Will Hunting collaborator Matt Damon on Ridley Scott's new revenge drama, The Last Duel.

While De Armas will have to wait to shoot with Affleck and Lyne if the project comes together - she is set to portray Marilyn Monroe in the new film Blonde and is filming the latest James Bond feature, Bond 25.

Deep Water was previously adapted for the big screen by director Michel Deville in 1981, though he relocated the setting to France and cast Jean-Louis Trintignant and Isabelle Huppert in the lead roles.

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