Hype Williams to direct Eszterhas' 'Lust'
Music video maestro Hype Williams is coming on board to direct Joe Eszterhas' sexual thriller "Lust," Variety's Dave McNary reports. Story centers on a 30-year-old woman married to an older Miami-based magazine publisher. The woman is seduced by a younger, charming playboy -- who secretly videotapes himself and his new lover having sex, leading to the woman's life unraveling. The script, described as "Fatal Attraction" in reverse, went out to a handful of directors Thursday, with emerging as the choice over the weekend. That could be in part because the film contains a strong musical element, and Williams has extensive experience directing videos for the likes of Coldplay, Nas, Kanye West, Jay-Z, Christina Aguilera, and Beyonce/Lady Gaga. Stone Village, which is financing the $28 million budget, acquired the script this spring from Eszterhas, whose resume includes "Basic Instinct," "Sliver" and "Showgirls." Williams also directed the 1998 urban crime drama "Belly," starring hip-hop artists Nas, DMX, Method Man and T-Boz.