Not giving completed shows the light of day seems to be the new norm for some of these networks and streaming services. And yes, we’re looking at you Warner Bros. Discovery (which owns Max). Another company kind of following in their footsteps is Paramount Media Networks, the owner of Showtime. One series that’s had to find a new home is Ripley.
Paramount Media Networks announced Showtime and Paramount+ would be rebranded to become one. The two networks have always been under the Paramount umbrella but as separate brands. So, say hello to Paramount+ with Showtime. Yup, that’s the official name.
As the two brands come together, that means some Showtime original shows that had initially been greenlit are no longer, some less-viewed series are canceled, or in the case of Ripley – the show had finished filming completely but was still let go. However, Showtime had been working to find new homes for some of its projects, and the Andrew Scott-led project is one of them. The series has now become a Netflix Original.
When is Ripley coming to Netflix?
Unfortunately, an official release date has not been announced yet. However, what we do know is the release year. Netflix has confirmed that Ripley will be coming to the platform sometime in 2024. Of course, we’d rather see the new show sooner rather than later, so we’re hoping for an early 2024 release somewhere between January and March. We’ll be sure to share the official release date once it’s revealed.
Ripley is a limited series that consists of eight episodes. Since it’s a limited series, it will most likely not return with a second installment. But if the first season fares really well on Netflix, there’s a chance that the streamer might give the show another go. We’ll have to wait to find out.
There’s no official synopsis out. However, we have an idea of what to expect from the story since the show is based on a series of books. The first of five is The Talented Mr. Ripley by author Patricia Highsmith. The psychological thriller novel follows the titular character who goes to Italy after accepting a “job” from a rich man.
He wants Tom Ripley to bring his son home from the European country. When Ripley gets there, this is the first step into the deceitful person he becomes, murdering two people and taking on the identity of one of the victims.
The four other books in the series are Ripley Under Ground, Ripley’s Game, The Boy Who Followed Ripley, and Ripley Under Water. There have also been multiple movie adaptations of the story.
Here’s what the Netflix show will be about via the Netflix press release:
"In the series, 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 Dickie Greenleaf (Johnny Flynn) to return home. Tom’s acceptance of the job is the first step into a complex life of deceit, fraud and murder. Dakota Fanning plays Marge Sherwood, an American living in Italy who suspects darker motives underlie Tom’s affability."
Academy Award winner Steven Zaillian wrote and directed all eight episodes of the series. He, along with Garrett Basch, Guymon Casady, Ben Forkner, Sharon Levy, and Philipp Keel of Diogenes are executive producers. Additionally, the show’s leading man, Andrew Scott, serves as a producer on the series.
Here’s who plays who in Ripley on Netflix.
- Andrew Scott as Tom Ripley
- Dakota Fanning as Marge Sherwood, a woman who suspects Tom has darker motives, per The Hollywood Reporter. She’s also Dickie’s girlfriend.
- Johnny Flynn as Dickie Greenleaf
Check out these two official production stills from the series to get pumped up for its release!
Stay tuned to Netflix Life as we bring you more news and updates about Ripley!