what did Harlan Coben think of the adaptation of his book?

Do not tell anyone is a real miracle: the novel, like the film – of which it is the adaptation, broadcast on Monday January 23, 2023 at 9:10 p.m. on France 3 – are two successes, commercial and critical. But what does Harlan Coben, author of the original work, of the thriller directed by Guillaume Canet say?

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Harlan Coben is one of these star authors, like Stephen King Where JK Rowling. Not only are his books bestsellers, but it multiplies adaptations on the big and small screen. In 2018, the American writer even signed an agreement with Netflix for the series adaptation of fourteen of his novels: Don’t walk away, Without a word, Innocent… So many successes that make the platform happy. However, the first cinematographic version of the chilling universe of this thriller specialist, we owe it to a Frenchman. Because to the realization of Do not tell anyonethere is Guillaume Canet. The film, broadcast on Monday January 23, 2023 at 9:10 p.m. on France 3, follows Alex, survivor of a violent attack to which his wife succumbed. Eight years after the tragedy, an SMS reopens the investigation. The film is a huge success that seduces the public as well as the critics, but what does Harlan Coben say about it himself?

A film dear to Guillaume Canet

Guillaume Canet made no mistake in acquiring the copyright to the novel. This thriller, in addition to having attracted more than three million cinema viewers, was awarded four Césars, including Best Director and Best Actor for François Cluzet, who plays Alex. It must be said that the filmmaker was keen on this project which he obtained after a hard fight. He remembers : “It was really the first time that I read something that wasn’t mine that I could imagine doing.” Only problem: when Canet calls the writer, he learns that Hollywood already has control over the adaptation. “But the rights came back to me, Guillaume asked me again and I gave him a chance”, recalls Harlan Coben. A decision that he obviously does not regret.

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“I was really excited about the movie”

In an interview, the author is very complimentary about the talented French : “Guillaume Canet, unlike many directors who wanted to make a good big thriller, understood that it was really a love story”, recognizes the writer. “That’s what captivates us as an audience. That’s what appeals to me as a writer. I was really excited about the movie.” The confidence he places in the project is such that he agrees to make a brief appearance. Keep an eye out the next time you look Do not tell anyone !

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