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.