Todd Haynes Developing Adaptation of Sarah Waters’ Novel “The Paying Guests” and Reuniting with Kate Winslet for HBO Miniseries

Acclaimed director Todd Haynes reveals exciting new projects in the pipeline

As the highly anticipated drama “May December” hits theaters this week, director Todd Haynes has been giving fans a glimpse into his future projects. In a recent interview with Indiewire, Haynes unveiled plans for an adaptation of Sarah Waters’ novel “The Paying Guests” and confirmed his collaboration with Kate Winslet on an HBO miniseries. With his signature storytelling style and penchant for compelling narratives, Haynes continues to captivate audiences with his diverse range of projects.

“The Paying Guests” – A Three-Part Limited Series

Haynes revealed that he is currently developing a three-part limited series based on Sarah Waters’ acclaimed 2014 novel, “The Paying Guests.” Set in post-WWI London, the story combines elements of a lesbian love story and a murder mystery. The narrative follows a widow and her daughter who take in lodgers, leading to unexpected and life-altering events. Haynes expressed his enthusiasm for the project, describing it as a “really great novel” that would require a British production.

Reuniting with Kate Winslet for HBO Miniseries “Trust”

Confirming previous reports, Haynes announced that he will be teaming up with Kate Winslet once again for an HBO miniseries titled “Trust.” The series is an adaptation of Hernan Diaz’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and marks a reunion between the director and the Academy Award-winning actress. The project promises to deliver another compelling narrative that showcases the chemistry between Haynes and Winslet.

A Glimpse into “The Paying Guests”

Set in 1922 London, “The Paying Guests” explores a city on the brink of change. The aftermath of World War I has left ex-servicemen disillusioned, while the impoverished and hungry demand social transformation. Against this backdrop, Mrs. Wray and her daughter Frances, living in a once-vibrant Camberwell villa, are forced to take in lodgers to make ends meet. The arrival of Lilian and Leonard Barber, a young couple from the “clerk class,” disrupts the household’s routines and sets in motion a series of unforeseen events. As passions ignite and tensions rise, the consequences of these disturbances prove to be far-reaching and devastating.


With “May December” hitting theaters and a busy schedule ahead, Todd Haynes continues to push the boundaries of storytelling. His upcoming adaptation of Sarah Waters’ “The Paying Guests” promises to captivate audiences with its blend of romance and mystery set against the backdrop of post-WWI London. Additionally, the reunion with Kate Winslet for the HBO miniseries “Trust” offers another opportunity for the director and actress to showcase their creative synergy. As fans eagerly await these new projects, Haynes’ unique storytelling style and ability to craft compelling narratives ensure that audiences will be in for a treat.






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