Ben Affleck has proven to be a surprisingly strong director; his first two efforts behind the camera - GONE BABY GONE and THE TOWN - were expertly made thrillers that made it obvious the man knows what he's doing. The Oscar-winner (still strange to me) is obviously focused on that portion of his career right now, as he's just lined up a new project: TELL NO ONE.
The film will be an adaptation of Harlan Coben's 2002 novel of the same name. It's also a remake, of sorts; French actor/director Guillaume Canet adapted the film in 2006 (a good film, by the way).
Here's the novel's official plot: Dr. David Beck and his beloved wife, Elizabeth, are celebrating the anniversary of their first kiss in the quiet of Lake Charmaine. They grew up together, first kissed at age twelve, and now, twenty-five years old and married less than a year, they return for an idyllic weekend away.
Tragedy shatters their solitude. Elizabeth is abducted and murdered, her body found in a ditch. Her killer is caught and brought to justice. But for David Beck, there can be no closure. Eight years pass. He never gets over Elizabeth's murder. He loses himself in his work as an inner city pediatrician.
But everything changes on the eighth anniversary of Elizabeth's death. Two unidentified bodies are found at Lake Charmaine, unearthed years after their deaths. But even more disturbing, Beck gets a bizarre email that mentions a specific phrase - a phrase known only to him and Elizabeth.
Warner Bros. and Universal Pictures are co-developing the project, with Luc Bessonís EuropaCorp on board as well. Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall are producing. Affleck will start work on it after he's through with the movie he's currently directing, ARGO. No cast is on board yet.
Rebecca Hall, from Affleck's THE TOWN