'Jane Got A Gun' & 'Warrior' Director Gavin O'Connor Replaces Ben Affleck On 'Tell No One' Remake

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by Kevin Jagernauth
November 21, 2013 6:58 PM
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It seems that "Warrior" and "Pride & Glory" director Gavin O'Connor is being a bit of a directorial hero these days. Earlier this year, he stepped into the fray of "Jane Got A Gun" after Lynne Ramsay's abrupt departure, and got the thing made. And now he's taking the helm of a long developing remake that recently lost Ben Affleck as its director.

O'Connor has climbed aboard the remake/redo of the thriller "Tell No One." Based on the book by best-selling author Harlan Coben, and brought already to the big screen in Guillaume Canet's very well received 2008 adaptation, the story revolves around a doctor who, after is wife vanishes, is at first suspected of having murdered her, but then begins to receive clues that she may in fact still be alive. It's crackling stuff, and with a script by "Argo" writer Chris Terrio, we have no doubt the American version will be just as breathless. But why a remake?

Well, back in 2011, producer Kathleen Kennedy shared with us the reasons she wanted to take it on. "...this was also a movie that wasn't seen by a lot of people in the U.S. It's an absolutely fantastic movie, but at the same time, there was a bit of a flaw in the third act in terms of how everything wrapped up, so it just felt like perfect remake material," she said, adding: "Harlan didn't see this movie as a French film. It became a French film out of necessity, because Canet came to him and wanted to make it, and he liked the take so much that he said, 'Yes, let's proceed.' But Harlan lives here, and he's excited about the possibility of seeing it made here. So it's an interesting, circuitous route that this took."

Thoughts? It could be pretty fascinating territory for O'Connor but then again, the 2008 movie is pretty good as is. That said, it seems Universal and Warner Bros. (who are pairing up for this one, no word if Kennedy is still involved since she now has her hands full with "Star Wars") want to try something different from the original. But we'll see what that really means... [Variety]

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  • Little Jake | November 22, 2013 9:19 AMReply

    Breathless it is not. The French adaptation, I mean. It could lose half an hour with no worries. The editing and the directing are rather average. But I don't remember the flaw in the third act Kennedy's talking about.

    The Canet film is, as you say, pretty good as is, but it's no masterpiece. I just wish Roman Polanski had made the French adaptation. With a vibe his Paris-set thriller Frantic had, his version of Tell No One would've been fantastic.

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