‘Ripley’: Netflix’s New Classic Returns to the Screen, Will there be a Second Season?

Andrew Scott Steps into the Shoes of Mr. Ripley on Netflix

Netflix lovers, prepare yourselves for a captivating ride with the newest adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s novels ‘Mr. Ripley.’ The charismatic actor, Andrew Scott, graces the screen as the enigmatic Tom Ripley, a transformation worthy of attention. This character, both alluring and socially deviant, has captivated audiences over the years. ‘Ripley’ indeed takes us deeper into the web of deceit spun by this antihero, as he transitions from a crafty confidence trickster to an unexpected serial killer.

Andrew Scott and Steven Zaillian Hint at Further Seasons

The series, penned and directed in all its eight episodes by Steven Zaillian, sparkles with the possibility of a future return. Lead actor Andrew Scott, who plays the title role, shares this sentiment. However, both express a need for a well-deserved break after a grueling shooting schedule.

In an interview with The Wrap, Zaillian revealed, “We have the rights to all the books, so we could do it. I’ll need a little break, but yes, I think he’s a good enough character that you could do more.”

Andrew Scott echoed similar thoughts. “It’s been such a long, long process with this one. I’m just very interested to see how this one goes out. To be honest, after this year, I’m just looking forward to taking a break.”

The ‘Ripley’ Story Unfolds

Set in the early 1960s, ‘Ripley’ is a tale about Tom Ripley, a beguiling yet struggling con artist, residing in New York. Hired by a affluent benefactor, he is tasked with coaxing his rebellious son, Dickie Greenleaf, who is in Italy on a sojourn, to return home. Johnny Flynn brings a chilling authenticity to the character of Dickie Greenleaf. Once Tom accepts the assignment, he embarks on a labyrinth of lies, deception, and ultimately a journey into murder. Dakota Fanning shines as Marge Sherwood, an American in Italy who gradually uncovers Tom’s chilling intentions under his amiable facade.

A Unique Adaptation in the ‘Ripley’ Franchise

‘Ripley’ marks an unusual approach in the franchise’s adaptations. No series had maintained a consistent star or creative team for all of its sequels. ‘Ripley’ is not only a top-quality series on Netflix but also an exceptional addition to the franchise. The character, portrayed over the years by several esteemed actors such as Alain Delon, Dennis Hopper, John Malkovich, Barry Pepper, and Matt Damon, has always elicited intense reactions from the audience.

The Minds Behind ‘Ripley’

Presented as a collaborative effort of Showtime and Endemol Shine North America, in association with Entertainment 360 and Filmrights, ‘Ripley’ brings together a high-profile production team. Steven Zaillian spearheads the team as an executive producer, alongside Garrett Basch, Guymon Casady, Ben Forkner, Sharon Levy, and Philipp Keel of Diogenes. Andrew Scott also shares the producer’s chair, enriching the series with his unique perspective.

The Future of ‘Ripley’

While the future of ‘Ripley’ stands uncertain, the series has already stirred a buzz among fans. The runway is set for speculation. Will ‘Ripley’ return for another season? As the conversation around it continues to brew, it’s clear that the audience eagerly awaits more from this thrilling adaptation.

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