Sam Mendes Set to Direct Gay Talese’s The Voyeur’s Motel

Sam Mendes. Photo: Carlos Alvarez/2015 Getty Images

Gay Talese has a (stone) cold (deal). Dreamworks has bought the rights to Gay Talese's The Voyeur's Motel, which is set be directed by American Beauty and Skyfall's Sam Mendes and produced by Steven Spielberg. The novel, excerpted in The New Yorker this week, will appear in print July 12. It traces Talese's decades-long correspondence with Gerald Foos, who opened a hotel in Colorado so that he watch guests have sex, and in the process doing just that, became complicit in a murder. In the course of reporting the story, Talese also became entangled in Foos's not-quite-legal activities, and he's been criticized for protecting his source rather than turning over information to the police. Since Spielberg's involved, the journalist can probably look forward to being played by Mark Rylance.