Fox 2000 has brought on screenwriter Zach Helm (Stranger Than Fiction) to adapt Patricia Highsmith's novel Deep Water.

The story centers on a successful husband who avoids a divorce with his wife by allowing her to sleep with other men. When her lovers start turning up dead, the community starts to ask questions about the unassuming couple. The studio is envisioning the project as a, "dark, sexy comedy."

Steven Zaillian is producing alongside Garrett Basch and Ben Forkner. Mike Nichols was previously attached to direct, but he will only be executive producing Deep Water alongside Guymon Casady.

The studio doesn't currently have a director attached, and it isn't clear when production may begin.