Deep Water Adaptation

Deep Water Adaptation (2022): Everything We Know So Far About The Thrilling New Movie

The Deep Water adaptation, based on the book by Patricia Highsmith, has been full of drama. From the stars dating during filming, to a last minute pull from theaters for a streaming release, this movie barely made it to release. And it did not fare much better after being released to the world.
This is not a project that will go down in history as a successful adaptation.
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This page was updated: 7/27/23

About The Book:

Vic and Melinda Van Allen’s loveless marriage is held together only by a precarious arrangement whereby, in order to avoid the messiness of divorce, Melinda is allowed to take any number of lovers as long as she does not desert her family. Eventually, Vic can no longer suppress his jealousy and tries to win back his wife by asserting himself through a tall tale of murder―one that soon comes true. In this complex portrayal of a dangerous psychosis emerging in the most unlikely of places, Highsmith examines the chilling reality behind the idyllic facade of American suburban life. // Amazon // Audiobook

Current Production Status:

Released as of March 2022.

Deep Water Adaptation Timeline:

In January 2012 the rights for adaptation were optioned and work on a script began later that same year. But then from 2013-2018 there was no development on the project until it was sold to 20th Century Studios. Work started up again right away leading to Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas being cast as the leads in August 2019. Filming began in New Orleans just a few months later in November.
It was first scheduled to be released in theaters November 13, 2020 but Covid led to it being delayed. After 2 more release date changes it was pulled from the schedule in December 2021. A few days later it was announced that the movie would be going straight to streaming. The final release date of March 18, 2022 was announced in February 2022.

Where Can I Watch The Movie?

As of July 2023 you can watch the movie streaming on Hulu.


The show currently has a 37% tomatometer and 23% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes. 5.4/10 on IMDb.

Who Owns The Rights:

20th Century Studios started production but ultimately went uncredited by release, however they did still promote the film during it’s release.
Amazon Studios and Entertainment 360 ultimately led production with Hulu getting the US distribution rights.

Who Is Attached:

Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas are set in the lead roles with Finn Wittrock and Jacob Elordi in supporting roles.

Filming Locations:

The movie was filmed in locations around New Orleans, Louisiana.

Estimated Release:

March 18th, 2022. Hulu in the US, Prime Video internationally


Previous mentions on AiLL:

This movie was featured in the 2022 Books to Screen Adaptations masterlist.
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Deep Water Adaptation

Deep Water Adaptation: Everything We Know So Far About The Thrilling New Movie

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