Patricia Highsmith’s work can claim more than two-dozen adaptations to film and television. Her novel Strangers on a Train spawned the classic Hitchcock film the year after it was published, and her work The Talented Mr. Ripley has been adapted several times, including the modern classic starring Matt Damon. This comes straight outta Cannes: Highsmith’s next novel to get a serious feature film adaptation will be 1952’s novel The Price of Salt, starring Australians Cate Blanchett and Mia Wasikowska. The ’50s-set story follows a 20-something shopgirl who embarks on a relationship with a lonely older married woman. Upon its release, the book was thought of as a lesbian novel because, unlike most fiction of its era that dealt with same-sex relationships, it doesn’t end in suicide, murder, or some other awful, implied punishment for the characters who admit their deviant feelings.
The names of Blanchett and Wasikowska alone are enough to take the production seriously; Cate Blanchett rarely misses a beat, and Wasikowska, with 2011’s Jane Eyre and Restless under her belt along with Lawless and Stoker slated for this year, is building one of the strongest filmographies of any young actress out there. Attached to direct is John Crowley, best known for 2003’s Pulp Fiction-esque flick Intermission.