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Why Is 'Ripley' in Black & White? Netflix Showrunner Explains the Decision

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Ripley is debuting on Netflix tomorrow, and you may be wondering why the entire series is shot in black-and-white with no color.

The series in inspired by Patricia Highsmith’s 1955 novel “The Talented Mr. Ripley,” which was also made into a movie back in 1999 starring Matt Damon.

Here’s the show’s synopsis: Tom Ripley (Andrew Scott), a grifter scraping by in early 1960s New York, is hired by a wealthy man to travel to Italy to try to convince his vagabond son (Johnny Flynn) to return home.

Tom’s acceptance of the job is the first step into a complex life of deceit, fraud and murder. Keep reading to find out… Ripley showrunner Steve Zaillian explained of the choice, “When Patricia wrote it, if she imagined a movie being made from it back then, it would be in black and white.

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