NOVEMBER 11, 2021 – Paramount+, the streaming service from ViacomCBS, today announced Fatal Attraction has been ordered to series with Lizzy Caplan (Castle Rock, Masters of Sex) set to star as Alex, with additional cast to be announced.
A deep-dive reimagining of the classic psychosexual thriller and ‘80s cultural touchstone, the new series will explore Fatal Attraction and the timeless themes of marriage and infidelity through the lens of modern attitudes towards strong women, personality disorders and coercive control.
Alexandra Cunningham (Dirty John, Chance) serves as writer, showrunner, and executive producer on the series alongside executive producer Kevin J. Hynes (Perry Mason), with whom Cunningham shares co-story credit, and executive producers Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey for Amblin Television.
“Alexandra brings an incredibly strong and nuanced point of view to a story that became a cultural phenomenon but has thus far only been told from the male gaze,” said Nicole Clemens, President, Paramount+ Original Scripted Series. “Partnered with Kevin, they will bring the next explosive chapter of this story to a new generation with a balanced eye to the complexities of the human psyche.”
Lizzy Caplan stars as Alex, who becomes obsessed with her lover after a brief affair. Caplan was most recently seen starring on the second season of Castle Rock, and can be heard voicing the lead character Reagan Ridley in the animated comedy Inside Job. Previously, Caplan starred opposite Michael Sheen in the critically acclaimed drama series, Masters of Sex, for which she received Emmy and Critics Choice Award nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress. Her additional television credits include Truth Be Told, Das Boot, Ill Behavior, and the critically acclaimed comedy Party Down, which earned an AFI Award in 2009. Caplan can also be seen in roles on The Class, Related, True Blood, New Girl and Judd Apatow’s cult classic Freaks and Geeks. On the film side, Caplan recently wrapped production on the thriller Cobweb, in which she stars opposite Antony Starr. Her film credits also include Now You See Me 2, The Night Before, The Interview, Extinction, Allied, Save the Date, Bachelorette, Hot Tub Time Machine, Cloverfield, and her breakout role as Janice Ian in Mean Girls.
Fatal Attraction joins Paramount+’s growing lineup of original series including The Good Fight, Evil, Why Women Kill, Star Trek: Discovery, Star Trek: Picard, and Guilty Party, as well as upcoming series The Offer, The Game, Mayor of Kingstown, 1883, Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, Halo and more.
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About Paramount Television Studios
Paramount Television Studios is a leading studio, developing and financing a wide range of cutting-edge and entertaining television content across all media platforms for distribution worldwide. The studio’s robust slate includes The Offer (Paramount+), Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies (Paramount+), American Gigolo (Showtime), Made for Love (HBO Max), Station Eleven (HBO Max), Shantaram (Apple TV+), Defending Jacob (Apple TV+), Home Before Dark (Apple TV+), Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan (Amazon Prime Video), The Haunting of Bly Manor (Netflix), The Haunting of Hill House (Netflix), Catch-22 (Hulu), Long Slow Exhale (Spectrum Originals), Joe Pickett (Spectrum Originals), 13 Reasons Why (Netflix), and The Alienist: The Angel of Darkness (TNT), among others. Paramount Television Studios is a is a subsidiary of ViacomCBS (NASDAQ: VIAC; VIACA), a global content company with premier television, film and digital entertainment brands.
About Amblin Television
Amblin Television, a long-time leader in quality programming, is a division of Amblin Partners, a content creation company led by Steven Spielberg. Amblin Television’s co-presidents, Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey, oversee all development, production and programming for the company. Amblin Television currently has eleven projects in various stages of production and release, including the second season of Animaniacs for Hulu, Resident Alien for SYFY, third and fourth seasons of Roswell, New Mexico for The CW, Halo for Paramount+, Billy the Kid for Epix, Masters of the Air for Apple, two seasons of Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai for HBO Max, Tiny Toons Looniversity for HBO Max and Cartoon Network, and documentaries Big Vape for Netflix, Good Night Oppy for Amazon Prime Video, and Mama’s Boy, an adaptation of Oscar-winner Dustin Lance Black’s autobiography.
Some of Amblin Television’s recent credits include the Emmy Award-winning series Why We Hate for Discovery, three-time Emmy nominated Laurel Canyon: A Place in Time for EPIX, and Natalie Wood: What Remains Behind for HBO which made its debut at the Sundance Film Festival last year. Amblin Television also produced the Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning drama The Americans for FX, the Golden Globe-nominated and double Emmy Award-winning mini-series Into the West for TNT, the Emmy-nominated HBO movie All the Way starring Bryan Cranston, Smash for NBC, Under the Dome for CBS, Falling Skies for TNT, The Borgias and The United States of Tara for Showtime, and Las Vegas for NBC.
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