What brought ‘Lady’s Gambit’ together: Anya Taylor-Joy and creator Scott Frank already working on a new project

Paula Carol
Paula Carol

They have triumphed with Gambit de Dama , one of the revelation series of 2020, on Netflix , so director and screenwriter Scott Frank and actress Anya Taylor-Joy have not hesitated to join forces again for an ambitious new project. What is it about? From an adaptation of Vladimir Nabokov’s 1932 novel Laughter in the Dark for the big screen , so this time around, we won’t see the young performer leading one of Netflix’s original series to become a bombshell.

Frank, in charge of writing each and every one of the seven episodes of the famous fiction of the streaming platform, has confirmed the new project in statements to a podcast, The Watch , in which he claimed to “die” for adapting the novel from the Russian author. For this, whose production he wants to carry out in Berlin, he hopes to have the same team that made Gambito de Dama possible .


However, the adaptation of Laughter in the Dark is not the only thing Scott Frank is up to. In the same podcast, the director and screenwriter has talked about his new series, one that does not yet have a network but has a very famous face as the protagonist.

As Frank explains, his plan is to develop a six-episode series centered on a very famous detective, Sam Spade, played by Humphrey Bogart in The Maltese Falcon (1941). The investigator would be embodied on the small screen by Clive Owen , although in the skin of an older version of Bogart’s character.

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In addition to this project, the screenwriter is also working on the adaptation of the 1996 novel Rakhat: The Last Mission of Mary Doria Russell’s Company, which has Johan Renck ( Chernobyl ) as director. For her part, Taylor Joy is currently shooting The Northman with Robert Eggers and will be Furiosa in the prequel to Mad Max: Fury Road in which George Miller works . We will also see her in Edgar Wright’s new movie Last Night in Soho , which will be released in April 2021.

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