Liam Neeson has made a bit of a name for himself as cinema’s hard man, and therefore the news that Universal is after him to star in their adaptation of Harlan Coben’s Tell No One, according to Deadline.
The book is about a paediatrician who is out one night frolicking by a lake with his wife when she suddenly vanishes and he is severely beaten when he tries to find her. When she turns up murdered, he is the prime suspect. That’s until she’s declared a victim of a caught serial killer. Years later, bodies turn up in the same spot and the nightmare is repeated, the paediatrician again under suspicion. Right around that time, he’s given evidence that his wife isn’t dead at all.
Back in 2011 Ben Affleck was set to direct (long before he became attached to the somewhat similarly themed Gone Girl), with Universal picking up the rights following a successful French version by Guillaume Canet in 2006. Last we heard Gavin O’Connor had taken over as director, although he’s not mentioned in the Deadline report.
Chris Terrio (Argo) has come up with the screenplay, but Neeson’s involvement in contingent on more work being done on the script to make him happy.