The Queen's Gambit
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The co-creator of the Netflix chess drama sensation is developing a version of Vladimir Nabokov's "Laughter in the Dark".

No one could have predicted that The Queen's Gambit would become the global phenomenon that is out there, and that includes co-creator Scott Frank and lead actress Anya Taylor-Joy, who plays child prodigy Beth Harmon on the Netflix Limited series . Oscar-nominated writer / director Frank, who co-created the series with Allan Scott, is now hoping the lighting in a bottle will carry over to his next project. According to an interview with The Ringers The Watch podcast (via, Frank is currently developing an adaptation of Vladimir Nabokov's 1932 novel "Laughter in the Dark" with Anya Taylor-Joy as the leading actress.

Frank called the project "Valentine's Day for movies, I'll do it as film noir and as a film within a film." And it's a really bad, wonderful thriller. “The focus of the book is Albert Albinus, a middle-aged art critic who has a particular interest in Margot Peters, a 17-year-old aspiring actress and model reunited with her to steal Albert's life.



Nabokov used some of this material as the basis for "Lolita". Except for Stanley Kubrick's 1962 "Lolita", whose screenplay Nabokov wrote himself, not many film or television projects have successfully adapted Nabokov's voice. In 1997 Adriane Lyne created a much grimmer version of the book about the sexual relationship between an adult man and a young girl. Meanwhile, Rainer Werner Fassbinder adapted Nabokov's black doppelganger comedy "Despair" into a 1978 film.

Scott Frank, an Academy Award nominee for writing the scripts for "Out of Sight" and "Logan," said he was also working on another project inspired by the work of die-hard crime novelist Dashiell Hammett. In that case, Clive Owen would play Sam Spade, a character who has appeared in films like "The Maltese Falcon" but is now older. "What if later in life you do Sam Spade and he's 60 years old?" Said Frank. "He's now an ex-pat living in the south of France. His past comes to his (present) and finds him in this little town. It's going to be a six-episode series with Clive Owen."

"The Queen’s Gambit" is currently being streamed on Netflix. Star Taylor-Joy is a global phenomenon herself now, as she will next appear as the furiosa in George Miller's upcoming "Mad Max" spinoff.

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