Fool Me Once | Netflix orders two more Harlan Coben adaptations

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After the huge success of Fool Me Once, Netflix have commissioned two more Harlan Coben adaptations, here are the details.


The Harlan Coben thriller is quickly becoming its own subgenre. So far, ten of his high-octane, twisty novels have made their way to the screen. Amongst the highlights, Tell No One was adapted into a terrific French film of the same name in 2006, directed by Guillaume Canet and starring Francois Cluzet and Kristen Scott Thomas.

On television, The Five, Safe, Innocent, Just One Look, No Second Chance, The Stranger, The Woods, Gone For Good, Stay Close, Hold Me Tight and – most recently – Fool Me Once have all been adapted variously for Channel 5 and Netflix.

It’s thanks to the huge success of Fool Me Once, which landed on Netflix over Christmas and stars Michelle Keegan, that the streaming service are pressing ahead with two more Coben adaptations, Deadline has revealed.

The first is Missing You, which tells the story of detective Kat Donovan as she stumbles across her estranged fiancé on a dating app, forcing her to delve back into the mystery surrounding her father’s murder.

It will be written by Victoria Asare-Archer and directed by Sean Spencer, with Isher Sahota serving as second director.

The second is Run Away, which follows Simon, whose perfect life is shattered when his oldest daughter, Paige, runs away and is found strung out on drugs in a city park. Simon’s search takes him into a dangerous underworld, where a shocking act of violence changes his life. It will be written by Danny Brocklehurst.

Quay Street Studios, the ITV Studios-backed production outfit founded by Nicola Shindler, will produce both adaptations after overseeing Fool Me Once. Coben will serve as executive producer through his company Final Twist Productions.

Missing You will go into production in the spring, we’ll keep you updated as we hear more.

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