Hugh Jackman to Lead Harlan Coben's 'Six Years' Novel Adaptation
After some new photos from The Wolverine surfaced yesterday, with the promise of the first trailer finally arriving on March 27th, THR says Hugh Jackman is going to take a break from action with a new dramatic adaptation of Harlan Coben's novel Six Years, which just hit shelves today. With no writer or director attached at this point, this kind of announcement seems timed to simply sell more books, but if Jackman sticks with the project being produced by former Fox head Tom Rothman, he would play a man named Jake Fisher whose heart was broken as he watched the love of his life, Natalie, marry another man.
Six years later, still heartbroken, Jake comes across this other man's obituary. Hoping to see Natalie, he attends the funeral, but has another surprise waiting for him. From the official synopsis for the book:
Whoever the mourning widow is, she’s been married to Todd for more than a decade, and with that fact everything Jake thought he knew about the best time of his life—a time he has never gotten over—is turned completely inside out.
As Jake searches for the truth, his picture-perfect memories of Natalie begin to unravel. Mutual friends of the couple either can’t be found or don’t remember Jake. No one has seen Natalie in years. Jake’s search for the woman who broke his heart—and who lied to him—soon puts his very life at risk as it dawns on him that the man he has become may be based on carefully constructed fiction.
Sounds like an interesting and even mysterious romance, and coming from five-time #1 New York Times best-selling author Harlan Coben, it just has to be good, right? This won't be the first time Coben's work has hit the big screen as Tell No One, the French-language film from Guillaume Canet, was based on the author's book of the same name. In fact, director Ben Affleck is attached to a remake of that film set up at Warner Bros. with Argo scribe Chris Terrio scripting. Of course, it's a long ways out, and there's a chance Jackman might not even stick to this project, so stay tuned.