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Ron Howard to adapt Euro best-seller 'Harry Quebert'

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Ron Howard and Brian Grazer are partnering with Warner Bros. to adapt The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair, a European best-seller from Swiss author Joël Dicker. Published in 2012, Quebert has sold more than 2 million copies across the Atlantic. It will be released by Penguin Books in the U.S. at the end of May.

Set mostly in New Hampshire, Quebert tells the story of a successful — but blocked — writer who visits his mentor, Harry Quebert, for help meeting his deadline. While there, Quebert is implicated in a 33-year-old cold-case of a murdered young woman — a young woman with whom he had an affair. Critics have compared the story to Gone Girl and Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.

Warner Bros. just acquired the book, and there still is no script. Howard, who will direct, is busy completing Heart of the Sea, the true 1820 whale-versus-man tale featuring his Rush star Chris Hemsworth.