Kennedy, Marshall producing; Affleck eyed to helm

Warner Bros. and Universal are teaming on an English-language remake of the French thriller “Tell No One,” with Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall producing.

Chris Terrio, who scripted “Argo,” has come aboard to pen the adaptation, and Ben Affleck is in early talks to direct.

The studios are in negotiations for rights to Harlan Coben’s novel, which centers on a doctor who, grieving for his dead wife, discovers she may still be alive. Should the rights deal close, Warner will handle the release domestically and U will handle international markets.

Project had been set in 2009 with EuropaCorp and Kennedy, with Miramax and Focus co-developing.

The French-language pic was a surprise hit in the U.S. in 2006 with grosses topping $6 million for nascent distrib Music Box. “Tell No One” also grossed $22 million in France and $2.3 million in the U.K.

EuropaCorp financed and co-produced “Tell No One,” the first film adaptation from the prolific Coben. The novelist served as unofficial adviser to Guillaume Canet on the movie and appeared in a bit part as a heavy.

Pic earned $33 million worldwide and won four Cesar awards.”Tell No One,” originally published in 2001, was first optioned by Michael Ovitz’s AMG. For a while, Mace Neufeld was producing the project for Columbia, with Michael Apted intending to direct.

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