Reported by Rebecca Marie-Taylor.
The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair, the Joël Dicker novel causing a stir in Europe, has been picked up by Warner Bros. Deadline reports that Ron Howard is to helm the book’s adaptation. Howard, who is wrapping up Heart of the Sea (a Chris Hemsworth-starring adaptation of Nathaniel Philbreck’s novel, also being released by Warner Bros), will be producing with his Imagine Entertainment partner, Brian Grazer. There are talks being held with Eugénie Grandval (The Next Three Days) and Claire Lundberg to also produce.
The novel tells the story of a sensational novelist, whose iconic mentor finds himself associated with a missing 15-year old girl when she’s found dead in his backyard. Penguin will bring the book to the US in May 2014. Executive producers will include Erica Huggins and Alexandre Dauman, from Imagine, and Jesse Ehrman and Racheline Benveniste for Warner Bros. The deal was brokered by Larry Becsey for IPG.
The novel is a European sensation, finishing just behind Fifty Shades of Grey in France and outselling Dan Brown’s Inferno in Italy and Spain. Over 2 million copies of the highly acclaimed novel have been sold, with the work winning French literary prize the Grand Prix du Roman and receiving a nomination for the Prix Goncourt, a French literature award.
Howard and Grazer are also bringing about an adaptation of Inferno, the third installment in Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code series.