Harlan Coben is a hugely popular bestselling author for years, so it’s strange to think that Hollywood has never jumped on any of his books. The closest they’ve come is an English language remake of the French Coben adaptation, “Tell No One,” but that’s been lingering for a while, leaving the prolific Coben to crank out more books with no other big screen interest in sight.
Until now, that is. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Paramount was the winner of a bidding war for the rights to Coben’s newest book, “Six Years,” and they have quite a star to kick off Coben’s Hollywood career: Hugh Jackman.
Here’s the synopsis for “Six Years” from Amazon:
Six years have passed since Jake Fisher watched Natalie, the love of his life, marry another man. Six years of hiding a broken heart by throwing himself into his career as a college professor. Six years of keeping his promise to leave Natalie alone, and six years of tortured dreams of her life with her new husband, Todd.
But six years haven’t come close to extinguishing his feelings, and when Jake comes across Todd’s obituary, he can’t keep himself away from the funeral. There he gets the glimpse of Todd’s wife he’s hoping for…but she is not Natalie. Whoever the mourning widow is, she’s been married to Todd for almost two decades, and with that fact everything Jake thought he knew about the best time of his life—a time he has never gotten over—is turned completely inside out.
As Jake searches for the truth, his picture-perfect memories of Natalie begin to unravel. Mutual friends of the couple either can’t be found, or don’t remember Jake. No one has seen Natalie in years. Jake’s search for the woman who broke his heart, who lied to him, soon puts his very life at risk as it dawns on him that the man he has become may be based on a carefully constructed fiction.
Harlan Coben once again delivers a shocking page-turner that deftly explores the power of past love, and the secrets and lies that such love can hide.
More drama for Hugh! He was last seen, of course, in “Les Miserables,” and then will be seen this summer in “The Wolverine.” He’s back in Wolverine clothing later this year to film “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” and is currently shooting “Prisoners” with Jake Gyllenhaal. Numerous musical productions for both stage and screen continue to be rumored for him as well.