Todd Phillips Jumps to Thrillers Too with 'Trust Your Eyes' Adaptation
Just last month we learned that The Hangover director Todd Phillips would make the leap from comedies to crime drama with a remake of the 1974 crime drama The Gambler, the story of a UCLA literature professor with a gambling problem who runs afoul of gangsters. Now Variety has word that he's also heading into the realm of thrillers at Warner Bros. Phillips has been lined up to direct and produce an adaptation of Linwood Barclay's novel Trust Your Eyes. The film is described as a blend between Alfred Hitchcock's classic Rear Window and one of my favorite films of all-time, Rain Man from Barry Levinson.
The book follows a schizophrenic, map-obsessed savant who witnesses a murder on the Lower East Side of Manhattan and wants his older brother to investigate. Of course, the two end up getting in the way of a politically-connected ex-cop and his ice pick-wielding henchwoman trying to clean up a high stakes mess that's part of a big conspiracy. Sounds like there's the potential for an Oscar nominated performance much like Dustin Hoffman's stunning portrayal on Rain Man. The story also reminds me of the 2004 novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, but without so much danger and intrigue. Here's hoping Phillips can make a successful jump from comedy to more dramatic fare.