Coben’s ‘Big Tears’ falls onto Studio Canal

Project to be developed inhouse

Studio Canal closed a deal Early Thursday for dramatic rights to Harlan Coben’s “Big Tears Fall” for high-six figures against a guaranteed million.

Studio Canal, which in the past has come aboard projects as an equity partner, outbid such companies as Village Roadshow, Sony and Fox. It will develop the project inhouse, and sources say, Coben will be enlisted to pen a first-draft adaptation of his book.

Novel, out early next year from Bantam Books, is a thriller in which a man and a woman meet for an amorous rendezvous in a remote locale once a year, until one year, when she’s apparently brutally murdered in front of him. Some years later, he receives an e-mail from her and realizes she’s still alive.

Coben’s novels include “The Final Detail,” “Fade Away,” “Drop Shop” and “Back Spin.”

Coben has won an Edgar Award for his mystery writing. He is repped by Joel Gotler at AMG and Lisa Erbach Vance at Aaron Priest Literary Agency.

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