Mendes will direct the film while joining Steven Spielberg as a producer, putting some serious muscle behind this one. The true story centers on voyeur Gerald Foos, who in the 1960s build a Colorado motel just so he could use it to spy on its occupants. He would take detailed notes on every personal aspect of their lives, including their most intimate moments. Foos had convinced himself that his desire was justified research into humanity, but he also couldn't stop himself from getting involved. His actions in one case saw him complicit in the strangling death of a drug dealer's girlfriend.
Is Mendes returning to the unsettling suburban malaise of American Beauty? If so it would be a welcome return after he's been off in blockbuster land for so long. [Deadline]