missingyouEXCLUSIVE: On the eve of its publication, Harlan Coben‘s new mystery novel Missing You has been acquired in a preemptive screen rights deal by Warner Bros and RatPac Entertainment. The book is published tomorrow by Dutton. For RatPac, Brett Ratner will produce and John Cheng and James Packer will be exec producers.

coben__120122180321In Coben’s latest, a New York City Police Department detective named Kat Donovan is exploring a dating website and discovers the profile and photo of the ex-fiance who dumped her 18 years ago. She soon she begins to unravel an intricate catfish scheme led by a brilliant and calculating killer. Coben, whose page-turners get better and better and whose last six novels debuted atop The New York Times Bestseller list, seems poised to finally pop on the big screen. Besides Missing You, his novel Tell No One is being adapted by Argo scribe Chris Terrio for Universal and director Gavin O’Connor; Six Years is at Paramount with Mark Gordon producing and Hugh Jackman attached to star, with Jonathan Stokes adapting. Coben made a deal with Lawrence Kasdan directly to team on the Coben novel Stay Close, until that process slowed when Kasdan got the call to return to draft the new Star Wars movie for J.J. Abrams to direct.

Missing You was brought in Chantal Nong, the first major project for her since being minted VP Production. So throw her a high-five if you see her in the corridor. Coben’s deal was brokered by WME, Aaron Priest Agency and Gendler & Kelly.

CJ
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Two words: Sandra Bullock
Minnie
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Why film "Tell No One"? Guillaume Canet already made a brilliant film of it with Francois Cluzet...
Jinjeon
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Nick and Rick should get this one for Cameron. She has never done a thriller, this should...