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News movies & tv series 04 April 2024, 23:12

Is Netflix's Ripley in Black and White?

Ripley is a new thriller series that you can already watch on Netflix. But is it really in black and white?

Source: Ripley, Steven Zaillian, Netflix, 2024

A new psychological thriller has premiered on Netflix. Ripley is a series starring Andrew Scott in the lead role. Steve Zaillian's production debuted on Netflix yesterday, i.e. April 4, garnering great reviews and encouraging viewers to take an interest in the production.

All promotional materials, and even many of the photos from Ripley's grand premiere, were kept in a black and white aesthetic, which certainly raised the question among potential viewers as to whether this series is in black and white. And the answer to that question is yes, Ripley is in a black and white. This was a deliberate decision by the showrunner, who explained it during an interview with IndieWire.

When Patricia [Highsmith] wrote it, if she imagined a movie being made from it back then, it would be in black and white. The cover of that book that I had was in black-and-white, so as I was reading it, it was in my mind to be that way. I also felt that this story — the one that she told, the one that I wanted to tell — was quite sinister and quite dark. I just couldn’t imagine that taking place in a beautiful Italian setting with bright blue skies and colorful outfits and things like that.

It is worth mentioning at this point that the Ripley series is based on Patricia Highsmith's 1955 novel The Talented Mr. Ripley, on which the 1999 film starring Matt Damon was also based.

You can watch the trailer for Netflix’s Ripley below.

Edyta Jastrzebska

Edyta Jastrzebska

A graduate of journalism and social communication as well as cultural studies. She started at as one of the newspeople in the films department. Currently she oversees the Gamepressure movie&TV newsroom. She excels in the field of film and television, both in reality-based and fantasy themes. Keeps up with industry trends, but in her free time she prefers to watch less known titles. Has a complicated relationship with popular ones, which is why she only gets convinced about many of them when the hype around them subsides. Loves to spend her evenings not only watching movies, series, reading books and playing video games, but also playing text RPGs, which she has been into for several years.