Coben’s “Tell No One” Gets Remade

Author Harlan Coben’s penned a bunch of books and what’s the one Hollywood now wants to adapt? Not his Myron Bolitar series, but the one that was already adapted (and quite well) which makes this essentially a remake.

Warner Bros and Universal Pictures have optioned the film rights to Coben’s thriller “Tell No One” with Ben Affleck attached to direct from a script by Chris Terrio reports Deadline. Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall will serve as producers.

The story follows a pediatrician out on a lake with his wife when she suddenly vanishes and he is attacked. She turns up dead and is declared the victim of a serial killer.

Years later, more bodies turn up and the doctor becomes the prime suspect while at the same time he is given evidence that his wife wasn’t dead at all and has gone into hiding for something related to the work she did.

Coben originally optioned his book almost a decade ago to Sony Pictures and “Star Trek” scribes Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci were hired to adapt the script. That version never quite came together so the studio ultimately passed on it.

Then French actor and filmmaker Guillaume Canet got a hold of it, set it up at Europacorp and turned it into a mainstream 2006 French mystery action-thriller starring Francois Cluzet, Kristin Scott Thomas and Jean Rochefort.

That film got released internationally in 2007 and 2008, scoring rave reviews (93% & 7.6/10 on Rotten Tomatoes and 82/100 on Metacritic) and good box-office – including $6.1 million in the States alone despite showing on only a mere eight screens.

No word if this will be a remake of the previous film, or something that will take a different approach to the book and explore areas that were otherwise untouched by the European film (like David Fincher’s upcoming take on “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”).