Entertainment One and Tooley Productions have come aboard to finance Julia Roberts and her Red Om Films banner’s adaptation of Harlan Coben’s bestselling novel Fool Me Once. Roberts will star in the thriller that was announced in March and now produce alongside Tucker Tooley, and Red Om Films’ Lisa Gillan and Marisa Yeres Gill.
eOne and Tooley Productions will co-finance Fool Me Once, marking the first project under their recently announced first-look co-financing and international distribution deal. eOne will distribute in the UK, Canada, Australia/New Zealand, Benelux and Spain.
Fool Me Once centers on Maya (Roberts), an ex-special ops pilot who sees her daughter playing with her husband, a man who was supposedly murdered two weeks prior. What follows is a thrilling and twisted adventure as Maya tries to find out what is and is not real.
“Mr. Coben and I see things in a joyfully similar way in our approach to this endeavor. We here at Red Om are simply thrilled to have this creative opportunity with Tucker and eOne,” said Roberts in a statement.
As part of eOne’s partnership with Sierra Pictures, the international sales and servicing of the film will be handled by Sierra/Affinity outside of territories where eOne directly distributes.
Roberts is repped by CAA, Engelman & Company and Hirsch Wallerstein. Coben is repped by CAA, Aaron Priest Agency and attorney Michael Gendler.