Last year it was announced that a U.S. remake of the solid French thriller Tell No One was in development from Focus Features and Miramax Films. Like most English language remakes, it seemed to draw some criticism from people who felt that the original stood well enough on its own and didn’t need to be retold. However, the original film was actually based on a novel by American author Harlan Coben, so perhaps an American remake is a little more justified in this case? Either way, they’ve now got a very intriguing name attached to the project: Andrew Dominik, the man who brought us Chopper and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. Am I suddenly a lot more interested? Hell yes.
According to the L.A. Times, Dominik has currently been writing the script for Tell No One, although it’s unclear if he also intends on directing it. Thus far, Dominik has always both written and directed all of his movies, so it certainly seems possible, however, he also has another project in development called Blonde, based on the pseudo-biography of Marilyn Monroe by Joyce Carol Oates. Word on the street is that Focus wants to move quickly on the project, hoping to capitalize on the current popularity of foreign thrillers like The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, which might take him out of the running for it. What do you think, have you seen Guillaume Canet’s Tell No One and would you like to see Andrew Dominik’s take on it?