The English-language remake of the 2006 French thriller Tell No One has a new director. Though Ben Affleck initially flirted with the project as both a directing and starring vehicle, he got to busy and was forced to move on. Now THR reports that Warrior director Gavin O’Connor is in negotiations to take the helm of the redo. The remake is based on director Guillaume Canet’s French film Ne le dis a personne, which itself was based on the Harlon Coben novel Tell No One. Scripted by Argo’s Chris Terrio, the Warner Bros./Universal pic tells the story of a pediatrician who becomes the prime suspect in a series of murders that claimed the life of his wife…or so he thought.
O’Connor most recently stepped in to helm the Western Jane Got a Gun starring Natalie Portman, which was plagued with production troubles when original director Lynne Ramsey dropped out on the first day of filming. No word on when production on Tell No One might begin, but veteran producer Frank Marshall (the Bourne series) is onboard to produce. Read a synopsis of the book after the jump.
Here’s a synopsis for Harlan Coben’s Tell No One [from Amazon]:
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.
In David Beck, Harlan Coben, the author of the popular series starring sports agent Myron Bolitar (Darkest Fear et al.) has created a protagonist who shares many of Bolitar’s best qualities–he’s a decent, generous, gentle guy whose loyalty to those he loves is unquestionable. So when he discovers that people he was close to may be responsible not only for Elizabeth’s murder but also the “accidental” death of his father, Beck’s sense of betrayal is as understandable to the reader as his uncharacteristically violent reaction. Coben is a skillful storyteller with a gift for creating likable characters caught up in circumstances that illuminate their complex emotional lives and deep humanity.