Ben Affleck looking to remake French thriller

'Tell No One' is next on his list

Oscar-winning screenwriter Ben Affleck is attached to direct another adaptation of Harlan Coben‘s New York Times Bestseller, Tell No One.

The book was first made into a thriller in 2006, produced by Luc Besson and directed by Guillaume Canet, to great critical acclaim.

The story tells of a doctor who, eight years after his wife’s murder, receives an e-mail from someone purporting to be her. English actress Kristen Scott Thomas played the doctor’s sister’s wife.

The first adaptation won four Cesar awards, the French equivalent of the Oscars, including Best Director for Guillaume Canet and Best Actor for Francois Cluzet.

Deadline reports that Warner Brothers and Universal have picked up the rights to the book with Affleck signed on to shoot.


After a period of derision from critics, press and audiences alike, the former Pearl Harbour star has since made a name for himself as an assured director with features Gone Baby Gone and The Town. The latter receiving an Oscar nomination for Jeremy Renner.

Affleck first broke onto the movie scene in 1997 with his script for Good Will Hunting, co-written with his best friend Matt Damon.