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Canet gets away with crime pic

French helmer to film 'No One'

“Tell No One,” Harlan Coben’s bestselling New York-set crime novel, has morphed into a Gallic film, “Ne le dis a personne.”

Michael Apted was originally going to bring “Tell No One” to the bigscreen. But the project was shelved and young French helmer Guillaume Canet has adapted it instead. In Cannes, where a promo reel of the €12 million ($15.3 million) pic is being screened by EuropaCorp, Canet described the coincidence that led to him making it.

“I had read the book and loved it and was disappointed when I found out that Michael Apted was planning to adapt it for a Hollywood studio. Then on a visit to L.A. I found myself at a lunch with Apted, who told me he was no longer doing it,” recalled Canet.

A bidding war for the book broke out. But Canet and his producer Alain Attal, of indie Les Films du Tresor, obtained the rights after Canet contacted Coben and sent him a copy of his first film, “Whatever You Say.” “He said he loved my film and gave our project his blessing,” said Canet.

“Ne le dis a personne,” starring Francois Cluzet as a bereaved widower, takes place in Paris and its environs.

“The characters had to change for it to be believable. But people tell me I’ve stayed true to the spirit of the book,” said Canet.

EuropaCorp will release the pic wide in France in October.

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