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Is the Ripley series on Netflix based on a novel?

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The new Netflix thriller stars Andrew Scott in the lead role and transports viewers into a dark plot, driven by a singular image: but is it an adaptation?

Ripley tells the story of a genius con artist and manipulator leading a more than modest existence in New York in the 1960s. Tom Ripley is content with his usual scams to earn his crust in his own way, until one day , an unexpected opportunity presents itself to him.

Indeed, how can you say no to the possibility of an all-expenses paid trip to Italy, at the request of the wealthy Greenleaf family? The goal of his mission: to bring back a son, who is believed to be wasting his life on the Amalfi Coast, a very popular region south of the Big Boot.

Tom obviously accepts the offer, and takes the opportunity to interfere in Dickie Greenleaf's life. But the scammer is not a child at heart, and very quickly the friendship between the two men will take a dark turn. But the series Ripley is it an adaptation of a novel?

Series Ripley is it an adaptation of the novel Mister Ripley ?

Yes, the series Ripley is indeed taken from Patricia Highsmith's 1955 book, Mister Ripley.

andrew scott aka tom ripley in the series ripley on netflix

This is not the first time that the novel has been adapted for the screen: in 1960, René Clément directed Full sun, with Alain Delon. In 1999, the feature film The Talented Mr. Ripley by Anthony Minghella also brought together a star-studded cast, including Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, Gwyneth Paltrow and Jude Law.

This time, it's the screenwriter of Schindler's List, Steven Zaillian, who was responsible for writing and directing the new iteration for Netflix. In front of the camera, we find actor Andrew Scott (Sherlock, Fleabag) to play the main character.

If successful on Netflix, it would be entirely possible to have sequels to Ripley, because the novelist Patricia Highsmith wrote four other books about her famous character. We can thus count on Ripley and the Shadows (1970), Ripley is having fun (1974), In Ripley's footsteps (1980) as well as Ripley between two waters (1992).

The eight episodes of Ripley will launch on Netflix on April 4, 2024.

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