From Serpent's Tail:
Leading Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar is adapting Thierry Jonquet's novel Tarantula - to star Penelope Cruz.
The project sees the director reunited with Cruz, who has won rave reviews for her performance in Volver.
A deftly-constructed noir thriller - with an explosive twist in the tale - Tarantula touches on familiar Almodóvar territory of sexual identity and desire. A plastic surgeon's daughter is raped, leading him to seek revenge on her attackers. Cruz has been cast as the daughter, with Antonio Banderas mooted for the role of surgeon.
The film, which is based on Jonquet's 1995 novel, goes into production in 2007, under the working title of 'The Skin I Live In'.