Tell No One remake gains writer
There's been word of a remake of the French film Ne le dis à personne or Tell No One (Filmstalker review) since April last year, and just yesterday news came that a writer has been attached to the project, and it's a damn good writer as well.
The film was adapted from the Harlan Coben novel and adapted for the French film, so perhaps we can let Hollywood off with remaking this one, as they could just go back to the English language source novel. Coben is a strong thriller writer who I enjoy reading, and with this story there's plenty of potential for the remake.
The French film Ne le dis à personne aka Tell No One (Filmstalker review), was really good, I really did enjoy it and the slow building tension pulled me right into the story, but I did feel that the ending didn't surprise or shock me enough. For some reason it didn't completely hit the spot for the way the film was building.
That said I did recommend it, and I meant it. It features a great story, is well directed by Guillaume Canet who adapted it well with Philippe Lefebvre, and starred a great cast of François Cluzet, Marie-Josée Croze, Kristin Scott Thomas, François Berléand, Nathalie Baye, Jean Rochefort, Marina Hands, and more.
I really do enjoy European thrillers more than their western counterparts, but more and more the thriller aspect is returning to some of the bigger Hollywood films, and that could be true here as news comes from the L.A. Times through The Playlist that Andrew Dominik is currently writing a version of the film.
He wrote and directed Chopper and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, and so could be well placed to deliver a moody, tension building and slower paced thriller that could deliver more than the French adaptation did.
Of course there are potential pitfalls too, the film could be besieged by a director who wants to film it in something akin to a Bourne style and that could be disastrous. Keep it slow, real, and concentrate on the characters and that important slow built thriller and it could be great.
You can read about the plot in the Filmstalker review, but essentially it's about a man who, eight years previously, was attacked along with his wife who was murdered. He was a major suspect until the murder was pinned on a serial killer, and unsurprisingly was devastated by her death. Since then he's buried himself in his work and never revisited those events.
Suddenly two bodies are found near the site and the case is reopened, as is the police's interest in him, and they aren't the only ones. Out of nowhere he begins to receive strange emails and camera footage that might just tear his world apart.