The Hangover director Todd Phillips is getting serious about branching out. After primarily helming comedies for most of his career, Phillips recently attached himself to a remake of the crime drama The Gambler. Now Variety reports that Phillips is set to direct and produce an adaptation of Linwood Barclay’s thriller novel Trust Your Eyes for Warner Bros., with Dan Lin also onboard as a producer. In the vein of Rear Window, the story centers on a map-obsessed schizophrenic who witnesses a murder in New York City via a GoogleMaps-like program on his computer and tries to convince his older brother to investigate. The two cross paths with a politically-connected ex-cop and soon realize that they’ve stumbled onto a deadly conspiracy.
Due Date had a few nice dramatic scenes, but we’ve never really seen Phillips tackle the thriller genre before. The story sounds like a promising cross between Rear Window and David Fincher‘s The Game, and I’m eager to see Phillips’ take on the material. The director is currently in the middle of production on The Hangover Part III. Hit the jump to read a synopsis for Trust Your Eyes.