EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros has acquired the Joel Dicker novel The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair for Ron Howard to direct and his Imagine Entertainment partner Brian Grazer to produce with him. Deals are also in the works for Eugenie Grandval and Claire Lundberg to produce as well. Since published by the Swiss author, the novel has been a publishing phenomenon in Europe and especially in France, where is finished just behind Fifty Shades Of Grey, and Italy and Spain, where it outsold Dan Brown’s Inferno. It has sold over 2 million copies and won the prestigious Grand Prix du Roman and was nominated for the Prix Goncourt. Book was published by Bernard de Fallois’s Editions de Fallois.
Published in France under the title La vérité sur l’affaire Harry Quebert, the novel is about a young superstar novelist who finds himself embroiled in a sensationalized murder mystery when his mentor, an icon of American literature, is implicated in the crime of a missing 15-year-old girl who turns up dead in the author’s backyard. Penguin will publish the book in the U.S. in May. Imagine’s Erica Huggins and Alexandre Dauman are exec producing, with Jesse Ehrman and Racheline Benveniste overseeing for the studio.
Larry Becsey brokered the deal for IPG.
Howard most recently wrapped Heart Of The Sea, the adaptation of the Nathaniel Philbrick shipwreck tale that stars Chris Hemsworth with Warner Bros releasing. Imagine just wrapped Get On Up, the Tate Taylor-directed Universal film that stars 42‘s Chadwick Boseman as Godfather of Soul James Brown. Howard and Grazer are also working on an adaptation of Brown’s bestseller Inferno as the third installment of the Da Vinci Code franchise. Imagine is also working on L.A. Riots with Justin Lin directing.