Ben Affleck to direct Tell No One

Mystery novel to be re-adapted by The Town director

 

Ben Affleck is attached to direct an American adaptation of the mystery novel Tell No One, already made into a French language film by Guillaume Canet in 2007.

The story, written by Harlan Coben, follows a doctor accused of foul play in the disappearance of his wife a decade earlier.

When he recieves an email purporting to be from his wife, he sets out to save her, and unravels the conspiracy that has kept them apart.

The material seems a good fit, with the twist-filled fast-paced thriller sharing similarities with his first directing effort, Gone Baby Gone.

The French version won 4 Césars (the French Oscars), including Best Director and Best Actor.

An English language adaptation was attempted by Sony, with Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci writing. However, that version never came together.

It isn't known whether Affleck will also star in the film, but expect this one to attract big names, and plenty of buzz come awards season.

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    • joker16

      Jun 16th 2011, 16:34

      Tell No One was a really good movie. There's absolutely no reason to remake it. Shame on Affleck.

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    • Ichi1

      Jun 16th 2011, 18:21

      Tell No One will remain a really good movie regardless of this remake. And there is a good reason to remake it....money. This English language remake will make a ton of cash in the United States and the UK. That is why they call it the movie BUSINESS. And yes, I am a total hypocrite because I did just complain about the Straw Dogs remake the other day. But there is a difference. Tell No One is a recent thriller from France (and excellent on at that) being remade in English by a director who has proven to be excellent when it comes to directing thrillers. Straw Dogs is a classic (already in English) directed by one of the greats being remade by a loser who's movies end up on Hallmark Movie Channel a couple of years after they are released.

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    • GarthMarenghi

      Jun 17th 2011, 12:48

      Enough with this 're-adaptation' cr@p, please guys. If it's been filmed before, it's a remake, don't try to pretend otherwise and invent some new godawful phrase just because you happen to be fans of the director.

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    • Ichi1

      Jun 17th 2011, 15:41

      That is kind of a simple way to look at it. Would you call a movie adaptation of Conrad's Heart of Darkness that followed the book in time and setting a remake of Apocalpyse Now?

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    • GarthMarenghi

      Jun 18th 2011, 3:56

      Yes, it is a simple way of looking at it, because it's correct. Occam's Razor, and all that. Apocalypse Now isn't called Heart Of Darkness, it is set in another time and place and, general concept/character names aside, it is to all intents and purposes an original work; a homage, really. In any case, my main point was that all these words filmmakers and journalists invent in order to call a remake anything but a remake are really, really irritating and I wish they'd stop doing it. Make new versions of existing films if you must, but please at least be honest about it.

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    • Ichi1

      Jun 20th 2011, 23:15

      Hum....methinks you may want to check out what Occam's razor really is. There is no burden of proof here. No competing hypotheses. Only facts. They are not remaking the film Tell No One. They are shooting their own version of the novel the French film was based on. How is that such a hard conecpt to understand?

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