Ben Affleck Attached to Helm Remake of French Thriller 'Tell No One'
We've just recently heard about his interesting pre-production method to get his cast ready to become hostages for his film Argo, but director Ben Affleck already has eyes on his next project. Deadline reports Warner Bros. and Universal Pictures have optioned the rights to Harlan Coben's thriller Tell No One for a film adaptation with Affleck at the helm. Though the novel comes from an American novelist, the book actually first received the feature film treatment back in 2006 when French director Guillaume Canet took a crack at adapting the book. Now audiences i the U.S. will see the story unfold without subtitles.
Here's the book's official synopsis:
David Beck has rebuilt his life since his wife's murder eight years ago, finishing medical school and establishing himself as a pediatrician, but he's never forgotten the woman he fell in love with in second grade. And when a mysterious e-mail arrives on the anniversary of their first kiss, with a message and an image that leads him to wonder whether Elizabeth might still be alive, Beck will stop at nothing to find the truth that's eluded him for so many years. A powerful billionaire is equally determined to make sure his role in her disappearance never comes to light, even if it means destroying an innocent man.
This kind of thriller seems right up Affleck's alley after turning in quality films like Gone, Baby, Gone and The Town, but I just wish it wasn't a retread of a film that was just made five years ago. However, the film will be written by Chris Terrio, who also scripted Argo, so if their collaboration on that film turns out well, then they could give us a fresh take on this thriller after all. Besides, an adaptation of the book here in the States has been in development since 2002 when the rights were at Sony and Star Trek writers Alex Kurtzman and Robert Orci took a crack at the script. So I guess it's not so much a remake as it seems. Either way, with Affleck directing, count me in.