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Ben Affleck Harlan Coben Tell No One

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EW has confirmed that Ben Affleck has been attached to direct a big-screen adaptation of Harlan Coben’s mystery novel Tell No One. The rights to the book were optioned by Warner Bros. and Univeral, who will split domestic and international distribution duties.

Coben’s page-turner about a doctor who becomes a murder suspect after his wife vanishes was previously made into a 2006 French thriller directed by Guillaume Canet and starring Francois Cluzet and Kristin Scott Thomas. The news, which was first reported by Deadline, signals that Affleck is not only eager to get back to directing following his 2010 hit The Town, but also that he plans to stay there for the immediate future. Before tackling the Coben project, Affleck has committed to directing Argo — a political thriller about the 1979 Iran hostage crisis. According to Deadline, the script for Tell No One will be written by Chris Terrio, who also penned Argo.

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