Hugh Jackman Cast in Adaptation of Harlan Coben’s ‘Six Years’

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It’s almost surprising that we haven’t seen more films based on Harlan Coben books. The New Jersey-born author has published 25 novels in the last 23 years, and his last five novels debuted at No. 1 on the New York Times Best Seller list – yet only one of his works so far has been adapted for the film. It may have something to do with the fact that Coben has expressed a wariness of seeing his stories sold for the screen. On his website he comments, regarding film adaptations, “Hollywood is a tricky animal and one a novelist is best keeping at arm’s length.” 

Tell No One – a French thriller based on Coben’s novel of the same name – was produced in France and released in 2006. The remake rights were bought by Focus Features and Miramax Films several years ago. Progress has been slow on the remake; screenwriter Andrew Dominik was tapped to write the script in 2010, and a year later Ben Affleck signed on as director. With Affleck picking up directing jobs left and right, however, it’s uncertain exactly when we’ll see his version of Tell No One on our screens.

It seems that Focus and Miramax might end up in a race with Paramount Pictures’ recently-acquired adaptation of Coben’s novel Six Years, which was published only yesterday. The film doesn’t have a screenwriter or director signed on yet, but THR has revealed that Hugh Jackman is now attached to play the lead role. Tom Rothman, former Co-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Fox Filmed Entertainment, will produce the adaptation alongside Criminal Minds and Grey’s Anatomy executive producer Mark Gordon.

The novel is a stand-alone thriller, separate from Coben’s popular Myron Bolitar series. Here’s the official synopsis 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.

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Though Six Years might have romance at its heart, early reviews suggest that the novel carries a lot of weight as a suspense thriller and has a number of action sequences that could translate well to the big screen. Coming fresh off an Oscar nomination for his performance in Les Misérables, Jackman sounds like an excellent match for the role of Six Years‘ obsessed intellectual driven by the desire to find out what happened to the love of his life. If it sounds like a more action-thriller-oriented version of Jackman’s role in Darren Aronofsky’s The Fountain… well, you wouldn’t be the only one to make that connection…

Jackman also recently reprised his role as Logan in James Mangold’s The Wolverine, which will be released in theaters on July 26th. The first trailer is scheduled to debut ahead of G.I. Joe: Retaliation screenings, starting next week.

If there are any Harlan Coben fans amongst our readers, let us know what you think about this casting news in the comments. Are there any other Coben novels that you’d like to see produced for the big screen, or do you agree with the author’s belief that Hollywood is best kept at arm’s length?


We’ll keep you updated on the development of Six Years.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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  1. I haven’t read the book, but it sounds exciting. I would go see this movie and I think Hugh Jackman could pull off Jake Fisher.

  2. I also think that Jackman is a good choice for this role
    I think they should hire a director like danny boyle, darren aronofsky or david fincher to direct this movie
    Aaron sorkin would be my choice for scripting the movie

  3. Sounds like this one could have some Hitchcockian elements to it. I’ve yet to read the novel but it’s jumped up my to-read list since I read about this casting decision earlier in the week. It’d be nice to see Hugh doing some darker roles, similar to his performance in The Prestige (which remains one of his best, far as I’m concerned).

  4. I’ll probably check this out if they get a good director on board. The premise sounds interesting.

    I’m looking forward to seeing a trailer or something for Prisoners, Jackman’s film coming out this fall. Heard the script was ranked high on the Black List.

  5. I just finished reading the book. I managed to race through this page- turner in one day, first time in years! I kept seeing Hugh Jackman as Jake, a perfect match! Now get Danny Boyle and I think Harlan Coban is the one to do the screenplay himself.

  6. Huge fan, loved the novel. I think Jackman well make a great casting for the role of Prof. Fisher.

  7. I’m a huge fan of Harlan Coben novels. Unfortunately, living in India means I have to wait till May for the release of his books and probably much longer for any movie release. But Harlan Coben is always worth the wait.
    Get Coben to write the screenplay for any of his novel to screen adaptations.

  8. Jackman is the perfect choice!

  9. Read the book yesterday. It was awesome. Hugh Jackman would be awesome as Jake. Can’t wait for this movie! :D

  10. I am in the middle of this book now and it is riveting! But how anyone can say Hugh Jackman is perfect for the role without having read the book is beyond me!!!

  11. listened to as an audio book, and was hooked! Am now reading thru his massive list of books, and can’t wait to see Hugh Jackman on the big screen. The reader on the CD set was outstanding, really lent an air of suspense and originality to the novel.

  12. I am a big fan of Harlan Coben , Lee Child, David Baldacci and Michael Connelly
    All of them write excellent crime thrillers and yet their books are rarely adapted into movies. I am looking forward to watch “Six Years” on the screen. I have just finished reading the book and enjoyed it very much.