Thursday, May 21, 2009

Focus Pictures to Adapt Dean Koontz Thriller The Husband

The Husband by Dean Koontz

Variety is reporting that Focus Features is moving forward with an adaptation of the Dean Koontz 2006 bestselling thriller The Husband. Ole Bornedal will draft a new script and will direct.

The Husband presents a simple premise: What would you do for love? Would you die? Would you kill? When landscaper Mitchell Rafferty gets a phone call saying his wife has been kidnapped and he can get her back for $2 million cash, he thinks it must be some kind of joke. But whoever is on the other end of the line is dead serious. He has Mitch’s wife and he’s named the price for her safe return. The caller doesn’t care that Mitch runs a small two-man landscaping operation and has no way of raising such a vast sum. He’s confident that Mitch will find a way. If he loves his wife enough.

We reviewed The Husband when it was originally published, asking the rhetorical question, Could this possibly happen to me?, adding "that its images will haunt the reader long after the last page has been read." (Full text: Review of The Husband by Dean Koontz.) It's a first-rate thriller and has the potential to be a terrific suspense film.

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