Martin Scorsese & Steven Spielberg Board “Cape Fear” TV Adaptation

Martin Scorsese at the 'The Irishman' premiere in 2019
Martin Scorsese at the 'The Irishman' premiere in 2019. Photo by Maria Laura Antonelli/AGF/Shutterstock (10452309aq)

Martin Scorsese delivered one of his most captivating psychological thrillers with Cape Fear, and this story will soon continue. The TV adaptation of the acclaimed ’90s classic is currently in development, with Scorsese coming on board as a producer alongside Steven Spielberg.

According to the series’ official synopsis, the new version of Cape Fear will be a “tense, contemporary thriller that examines America’s obsession with true crime in the 21st century” that revolves around a pair of married attorneys forced to confront their past when a notorious killer is released after spending years behind bars.

Scorsese’s adaptation of John D. MacDonald’s book The Executioners came out in 1991 and featured Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte, Jessica Lange, Joe Don Baker, and Juliette Lewis. It was the second iteration of the story, following the 1962 film starring Gregory Peck and Robert Mitchum, who briefly appeared in Scorsese’s version.

Details about the TV adaptation of Cape Fear are few and far between, but we know that Nick Antosca (The Act) is attached to this project as showrunner and creator. He’ll also executive produce the series alongside Scorsese, Spielberg, and their partners Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey from Amblin Television and Alex Hedlund from Eat the Cat.