Paramount has tapped out television writer-producer Ryan Murphy to direct the psychological thriller Need, signing set up at Sony-based Escape Artists, reports Daily Variety.Need, based on Lawrence David's novel, is about a New York City therapist who learns that one of her female patients is having an affair with her husband. Murphy will rewrite the script, cast this fall, and start principal photography this winter. "I see the idea of a psychiatrist knowing everything about you as a great jumping-off point for a thriller," he told Variety.
Murphy, the Golden Globe-winning creator of Nip/Tuck, is now in postproduction on his feature directing debut, the eagerly awaited Running With Scissors, which he adapted from the best-selling memoir by out wit Augusten Burroughs. The cast includes Annette Bening as Burroughs's unstable mother.