Butler to adapt bestselling tome

Inferno Entertainment has optioned Harlan Coben’s novel “Hold Tight” and tapped scribe Scott F. Butler to adapt the standalone thriller.

“Hold Tight,” which debuted atop the New York Times’ best-seller list in April 2008, concerns a father who must fight for his family’s survival after his son inadvertently exposes them to dangerous criminals via the internet.

Steve Lee Jones of Bee Holder Prods. will produce with Inferno principals Bill Johnson and Jim Seibel, while Coben will exec produce with Christian Halsey Solomon. D.J. Gugenheim and Campbell McInnes will oversee the project for Inferno.

Coben’s bestselling novel “Tell No One” was previously adapted as a hit French film starring Francois Cluzet and Kristin Scott Thomas. Warner Bros. and The Kennedy/Marshall Company are currently developing a remake that has Ben Affleck attached to direct from a script by Chris Terrio. WME-repped Coben’s next novel, “Stay Close,” hits shelves March 20.

Bee Holder, which is gearing up to produce “DeLorean” with David Permut, has financing in place for Butler’s first script, “We Regret to Inform You,” which Rupert Wainwright (“The Fog”) is attached to direct.

Inferno recently produced Joe Carnahan’s survival thriller “The Grey,” which has grossed more than $68 million worldwide. Company recently produced Andrew Dominik’s Brad Pitt-starrer “Killing Them Softly” and is currently producing an adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s novel “The Host” for Open Road Films.

Shannon Hensley at AGMB negotiated the deal for Bee Holder.

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