This is Hollyweird: Steven Spielberg to Produce ‘Voyeur’s Motel’, the account of a hotel owner who spied on his guests while they were having sex

Another Hollyweird movie that will be on my “not to see” list.

Author Gay Talese

Author Gay Talese

Background from the author of this story Gay Talese, of his book entitled, “The Voyeur’s Motel.” Excerpts from a New Yorker article Talese wrote in April 2016:

“I know a married man and father of two who bought a twenty-one-room motel near Denver many years ago in order to become its resident voyeur. With the assistance of his wife, he cut rectangular holes measuring six by fourteen inches in the ceilings of more than a dozen rooms. Then he covered the openings with louvred aluminum screens that looked like ventilation grilles but were actually observation vents that allowed him, while he knelt in the attic, to see his guests in the rooms below. He watched them for decades, while keeping an exhaustive written record of what he saw and heard. Never once, during all those years, was he caught.

Hotel owner/Peeping Tom, Gerald Foos

Hotel owner/Peeping Tom, Gerald Foos

From a handwritten note the hotel owner/Peeping Tom, Gerald Foos, had written to author Talese:

“The reason for purchasing this motel was to satisfy my voyeuristic tendencies and compelling interest in all phases of how people conduct their lives, both socially and sexually. . . . I did this purely out of my unlimited curiosity about people and not as just a deranged voyeur. My main objective in wanting to provide you with this confidential information is the belief that it could be valuable to people in general and sex researchers in particular.

Read all the background here.


From Variety: Steven Spielberg is producing a movie version of Gay Talese’s upcoming novel “The Voyeur’s Motel” for DreamWorks with Sam Mendes directing.

Mendes will produce through his Neal Street Productions company. Mendes, who directed the James Bond movies “Skyfall” and “Spectre,” has directed a trio of titles for DreamWorks — his debut on “American Beauty,” “The Road to Perdition” and “Revolutionary Road.”

DreamWorks won an auction for the rights to Talese’s novel. CAA brokered the auction.

The story centers on Colorado resident Gerald Foos, who opened a hotel so he could watch guests having sex. Foos had reached out to Talese in 1980 with the following note:

“Dear Mr. Talese: Since learning of your long awaited study of coast-to-coast sex in America, which will be included in your soon to be published book, ‘Thy Neighbor’s Wife,’ I feel I have important information that I could contribute to its contents or to contents of a future book.”

An excerpt of “The Voyeur’s Motel” ran in the April 11 issue of the New Yorker. The novel will be published July 12 by Grove Press.

CAA brokered the deal on behalf of Mendes and Talese. Mendes is also represented by attorney Melanie Cook of Ziffren Brittenham. Talese is represented for publishing by Lynn Nesbit of Janklow & Nesbit.


20 responses to “This is Hollyweird: Steven Spielberg to Produce ‘Voyeur’s Motel’, the account of a hotel owner who spied on his guests while they were having sex

  1. ​Disgusting storyline but then that is Spielberg.

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  2. He’s gone from Saving Private Ryan to this… and he’ll probably want Tom Hanks to star again, too.

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  4. traildustfotm

    Spielberg has now gone too far. I am ashamed of having liked his earlier movies.

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  5. A peeping tom is just the oh-so-worthy subject for a multi-million (or is it multibillion?) dollar movie! /sarc

    Hey, Spielberg, while you’re at it, you really should do a movie on other perversities like pedophilia, and you won’t have to look far beyond your own backyard: Hollywood.

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  6. Jim Morrison of The Doors wrote, “We are all voyeurs, not of a criminal or clinical type, but we are all looking into the lives of others.” Yes, voyeurism of the sort Morrison described really captured the essence of 20th Century celebrity and news. It was made possible by the likes of Edward Bernays, Walter Winchell and Hedda Hopper.
    That being said, Foos was (and in all likelihood remains) a grotesque pervert. Speilberg is, well, Speilberg, and although he is a master movie-maker, I never liked his pacifistic view on things. It seems to me that Foos, Talese and Speilberg have forgotten one thing: People fornicate or engage in the marital act. What is there to see? Why would a normal person enjoy watching people engage in sexual activity? As a former yellow cab driver, couples fornicated in my cab, and I detested every minute of it: It was a grotesque insult to me, personally, and I was in a jam: I couldn’t risk a fight or a taxi and limousine complaint for asking them to stop or kicking them out. (Factoid: Every single couple was a heterosexual couple—gays and lesbians made it a point not to show off.)
    So we are looking into the lives of others—up to a point. We’re not talking about “romance” here: Foos’s aim was not to capture “romance”: It was to satisfy his own frustrated and perverted lust.
    This is Hollywood’s latest abomination, and it is NIHILISM.

    Someday, Hollywood’s pedophile rings are going to be exposed.

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  7. So sick and disgusting to be so obsessed with what is none of their business.

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  8. There must be so MANY of these perverts out in the world;so instead of arresting,prosecuting,sentencing and making an example of this particular one,lets just make him RICH-THAT’LL teach ‘im! (And in Court,he’d be saying,”I’m SO SORRY-I didn’t know I was doing anything WRONG when I bought that Motel and modified it so I could watch people in bed!!”)

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  9. Who pays their good money to go to the crap movies from Hollywood in the first place? Watching a Russian movie without subtitles is more entertaining.

    This Spielberg wasn’t some unknown genius who made it in Hollywwod, but someone who made it in Hollywood because he was a connected freak. And thank goodness his kind cherish their exclusivity so the rest of us aren’t morally soiled by their presence. The only thing I can imagine worse than sitting through one of Spielberg’s movies is getting trapped on his yacht for an afternoon, neither of which horrors I’ll ever have to endure. For so many in America and Europe to be impressed by his or any other celebrity freak’s wealth and possessions is sad testimony of the moral degeneration of our once great nation.

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  10. So, did the hotel owner get arrested??

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  11. What does it tell you about Spielberg?

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  12. Spielberg has dome some movies I really liked,but it seems like for some time now he’s been on a downward spiral into total depravity,of course he IS catering to the market he serves…..


  13. totally disgusting…people were under the impression they were committing private acts and some insecure sicko (with the help of his wife) watched?!
    and to top it off instead of this perverted psychopath getting arrested and thrown in jail with other perverted psychopaths he gets a movie made from his vile intrusions into people’s privacy….ugh!
    what is wrong with this country?
    we have voyeurism, homosexuality, satan worshiping, and transgenderism celebrated while traditional values are being swept out the door with yesterdays dirt.
    I hope the people who stayed in that hotel learn of this male’s atrocious behavior and sue the pants off of him and his wife.


  14. I wouldn’t be one bit surprised if spielberg was one of the hollywood males feldman was talking about


  15. It is just too creepy to think Spielbeg even thinks it is okay to make such a movie so personal about real lives.


  16. Ross Blankert

    This is a wet dream placed in some 15 year kid’s head by the devil himself. Curiousity is natural. Acting on this curiousity is forbidden by law and very creepy. Naturally, this guy will make the movie about it because sex sells. More money and more money even if it causes some new 15 year old to try it when he gets the money. So the culture is gone. The innocence is lost. The morals of a country are no more. Turn your back on all that is good and decent and right. God is a merciful God but at some point He is a just God. Vengence is mine says the Lord.


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