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Ron Howard's Next Film is Europe's Mega-Bestseller 'The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair'

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood April 24, 2014 at 1:52PM

Ron Howard is continuing his penchant for popular book adaptations with his latest announced project, "The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair." The Swiss novel is a mega-bestseller over in Europe, where it's going toe-to-toe with "Fifty Shades of Grey" and even surpassing the latest Dan Brown novel "Inferno."
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Ron Howard
Ron Howard

Ron Howard is continuing his penchant for popular book adaptations with his latest announced project, "The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair." The Swiss novel is a mega-bestseller over in Europe, where it's going toe-to-toe with "Fifty Shades of Grey" and even surpassing the latest Dan Brown novel "Inferno."

Based on the plot synopsis from Deadline, it certainly sounds to have all the trappings of bestseller fare (a wunderkind superstar, a murder mystery and, alas, the requisite dead young girl):

“The novel is about a young superstar novelist who finds himself embroiled in a sensationalized murder mystery when his mentor, an icon of American literature, is implicated in the crime of a missing 15-year-old girl who turns up dead in the author’s backyard.”

As pointed out by the Dissolve, Howard -- whose solid "Rush" played well to critics last year but didn't gain awards momentum -- has so far directed two Dan Brown novels ("The Da Vinci Code" and "Angels and Demons") and at one point was even attached to "Inferno," as well as adapting "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" and "A Beautiful Mind" over the course of his career. 

Penguin is set to publish "Harry Quebert" stateside in May.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.