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Ben Affleck to direct an American version of Harlan Coben's Tell No One

Jun. 15, 2011by:

Warner Bros and Universal Pictures have optioned the rights to TELL NO ONE, a thriller by Harlan Coben. Ben Affleck is attached to helm the film which will be written by Chris Terrio, who recently penned ARGO.

The novel has already been adapted once by director Guillaume Canet. Deadline states that the American version would basically be a remake of the french film adaptation.

TELL NO ONE tells the story of, "a pediatrician who is out one night frolicking by a lake with his wife when she suddenly vanishes and he is severely beaten when he tries to find her. When she turns up murdered, he is prime suspect. Thats until shes declared a victim of a caught serial killer. Years later, bodies turn up in the same spot and the nightmare is repeated, the pediatrician again under suspicion. Right around that time, hes given evidence that his wife wasnt dead at all."

Extra Tidbit: To get an idea of what you'll be seeing, here's the trailer for the French Film, which also happens to star Kristin Scott Thomas. Note: The beginning is a bit NSFW with the skinny dipping and all.
Source: Deadline

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8:41AM on 06/16/2011
Oh my god enough with remaking foreign films Tell No One was a spectacular film and i love ben affleck hes a great director but i think he does best with original stuff.
Oh my god enough with remaking foreign films Tell No One was a spectacular film and i love ben affleck hes a great director but i think he does best with original stuff.
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11:23AM on 06/16/2011
"Gone Baby Gone" and "The Town" were both based off of novels, they weren't original stuff. As a Coben fan, I'd prefer an American version since the novel orginally took place in America.
"Gone Baby Gone" and "The Town" were both based off of novels, they weren't original stuff. As a Coben fan, I'd prefer an American version since the novel orginally took place in America.
8:28AM on 06/16/2011
Harlan Coben is seriously the best mystery writer out right now. Good mix of suspense, twists, action, and humor. If you haven't read anything by the guy, I recommend it. Glad to see he's getting a legit director to helm one of his novels.
Harlan Coben is seriously the best mystery writer out right now. Good mix of suspense, twists, action, and humor. If you haven't read anything by the guy, I recommend it. Glad to see he's getting a legit director to helm one of his novels.
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11:38PM on 06/15/2011

Hollywood Passed The First Time

The great irony, @majorkonig41, is that the American novel by Harlan Coben was pitched years ago to Hollywood studios and they all passed. It was only after the French film was a critical and financial success that they decided to (re)make it. Typical.
As for Affleck, I actually think the material is a good fit. The original (I agree) was fantastic, but there's definitely an opportunity for him make this his own.
The great irony, @majorkonig41, is that the American novel by Harlan Coben was pitched years ago to Hollywood studios and they all passed. It was only after the French film was a critical and financial success that they decided to (re)make it. Typical.
As for Affleck, I actually think the material is a good fit. The original (I agree) was fantastic, but there's definitely an opportunity for him make this his own.
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7:01PM on 06/15/2011

room for a remake

i think the french film was good, but i think also there's some things that can be changed to make it a tighter more suspenseful and dramatic experience.

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imo - completely leave out the opening scene, start years ahead already after the husband's been accused and the wife faked her death. i think the lake scene takes away too much from the imagination, at least with what the film tries to do... i just think it would be more interesting if we don't actually see the fact that the
i think the french film was good, but i think also there's some things that can be changed to make it a tighter more suspenseful and dramatic experience.

(SPOILERS)

imo - completely leave out the opening scene, start years ahead already after the husband's been accused and the wife faked her death. i think the lake scene takes away too much from the imagination, at least with what the film tries to do... i just think it would be more interesting if we don't actually see the fact that the husband does not kill his wife when everyone else thinks he did.
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6:25PM on 06/15/2011
The original was a fantastic film. No need to be remade. I wish Affleck, who I think is an extremely talented director, should do something else.
The original was a fantastic film. No need to be remade. I wish Affleck, who I think is an extremely talented director, should do something else.
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