The gang’s getting back together again. Scott Frank (Godless), the co-creator, writer and director of all seven episodes of the Netflix smash hit The Queen’s Gambit, is reuniting with its star Anya Taylor-Joy (Split) for another adaptation, as reported by Entertainment Weekly.
Frank plans to adapt Vladimir Nabokov’s (Lolita) novel Laughter in the Dark, an intense thriller with Joy as its star. Written in 1932, it’s a romance novel involving a dangerous love triangle filled with suspicion and jealousy. Nabokov was a Russian-American writer who wrote everything from novels, memoirs, to poems. He’s one of the most acclaimed novelists of the 20th century, having written literary classics such as Lolita, Speak Memory, and Pale Fire.
Interviewed on The Ringer podcast The Watch, Frank announced the upcoming adaptation: “Another book I’ve been dying to do which will take me back to Berlin is Nabokov’s Laughter in the Dark. And I’m gonna do it with Anya. It’s a great book. It’s gonna be kind of a valentine to movies, I’m gonna do it as a film noir. And the book is more about art and paintings; I’m gonna make it more of a movie within a movie. It’s a really nasty, wonderful little thriller. I hope to do it with all the folks I did Queen’s Gambit with.”
Frank loves adaptations, as The Queen’s Gambit was adapted from the bestselling 1983 novel written by Walter Tevis (The Hustler). Laughter in the Dark is no exception. Speaking to The Watch about his process in adapting novels, he said: “I love books, I love reading. I’ve learned more about writing from reading novels than I ever have from reading screenplays…I love adapting things because sometimes as I’m reading them I really get infected by them and I see them.”Along with being a director Frank is also an acclaimed screenwriter, having written films such as Minority Report, Logan, and Marly & Me.
Frank and Joy proved to be a force to be reckoned with. The Queen’s Gambit debuted this year in October and broke records, becoming the most watched Netflix original limited series of all time. In addition to adapting Laughter in the Dark, Frank also announced he’s creating a new limited series starring Clive Owens (Children of Men). The series will be based on the famous literary character Sam Spade, a private detective featured in the novels written by Dashiell Hammett (Red Harvest).