Deadline reports that writer/director Lawrence Kasdan ("Body Heat," "Darling Companion") is bringing a film adaptation of "Stay Close" to the big screen.
Based on author Harlan Coben's upcoming book that's due to hit shelves in March--The story deals with a past crime that returns to devastate the lives of a photojournalist, a suburban mother with a hidden past, and a homicide detective obsessed with a series of unsolved disappearances--within a dark world of sex, secrets and shocking violence.
The adapted script is expected to be ready by the time the book is published and will be shopped around from there.
Kasdan told Deadline that he is ready to return to the potboiler style of film he visited so well with Body Heat about 30 years ago.
“Harlan and I met at a conference organized by Jeff Bezos, and we just hit it off. I’d read a couple of his books, and after asking him why they hadn’t been made into his movies, he told me his tale of woe, of having everything optioned and developed to death. We agreed to look through his stuff, and he said, 'I just finished a book today, do you want to read it?' I think it’s the most adaptable of his books, with a tight plot and strong characters..."
He added "When you boil Harlan’s fiction to its core, it’s intensity, momentum, and tension; and this will be a medium budget sexy and violent film.”
Despite writing numerous best-sellers including the Myron Bolitar Series, Coben has had only one film made that is based on his work- Guillaume Canet's acclaimed and popular French adaptation of "Tell No One".