After a couple of trips into the world of James Bond, it seems Sam Mendes is moving on, as Variety reports that he’s set to direct Voyeur’s Motel, which also has Steven Spielberg set to produce.
It’s a film that could certainly be interesting, as it deals with a salacious subject that raised all manner of ethical concerns. It’ll be based on Gay Talese’s soon to be published non-fiction book, which is about a time back in the 80s when he was research a book about sex in America, when he received a note from a motel owner called Gerald Foos, which read, ‘Dear Mr. Talese: Since learning of your long awaited study of coast-to-coast sex in America, which will be included in your soon to be published book, ‘Thy Neighbor’s Wife,’ I feel I have important information that I could contribute to its contents or to contents of a future book.’
It turned out that what Foos had was a motel which he’d turned into a voyeur’s paradise, where he could spy on his guests having sex. Rather than turning him in to the authorities, Talese signed a confidentiality agreement so he could access the journals and more than Foos had. However, it soon turned out the Foos wasn’t completely reliable and Talese couldn’t completely escape the ethical considerations of what he was now complicit in.
It’s not clear when the movie will shoot.