Adrian Lyne has signed on to direct his first film in over 11 years with the adaptation Deep Water. The filmmaker last made the 2002 thriller Unfaithful.

Adapted from a Patricia Highsmith novel, the story follows a young married couple, whose lives are altered when their acquaintances around them start turning up dead. While no actors have been attached at this time, conversations are under way with a "big star" to take one of the lead roles. Zach Helm (Stranger Than Fiction) wrote the screenplay adaptation.

Fox 2000 is financing the project, with Elizabeth Gabler, Guymon Casady, Ben Forkner, Garrett Basch, and Steven Zaillian producing.

Adrian Lyne made a name for himself in the 1980s and 1990s, directing hits such as Flashdance, Nine 1/2 Weeks, Fatal Attraction, Jacob's Ladder, Indecent Proposal, and Lolita.