How thriller author Harlan Coben is taking over Netflix

First, Harlan Coben took over the thriller style in fiction.

Now, he’s conquering programming on Netflix. 

Fourteen of Coben’s best-sellers will quickly be on the streamer, together with a number of diversifications of his books already on Netflix, akin to “Safe,” starring Michael C. Hall, “The Stranger,” starring Richard Armitage and Spanish-language collection “The Innocent.”

And there are extra coming down the pike, together with “Stay Close” (no premiere date but and up to date Spanish collection “The Innocent,” with extra the works — together with “Stay Close” (no premiere date but), starring Armitage (once more) and Cush Jumbo.  

“I’ve written a series of 11 books about [character] Myron Bolitar, and three [spinoff] novels which are young adult — so, those books were not part of the deal,” stated Coben, 59, who lives in North Jersey. “All of what we call ‘stand-alone’ novels that were not already made or under other contracts are part of this Netflix deal.”

Michael C. Hall in "Safe"
Michael C. Hall in “Safe”
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All of the reveals are twisty thrillers, usually with plots involving info from the previous resurfacing within the current.

“The Stranger” follows a mysterious lady who tells Adam Price (Armitage) the stunning secret that his spouse faked a being pregnant. Adam’s spouse disappears as he’s grappling with the information, additional deepening the thriller. “Safe” follows Tom Delaney (Hall), who uncovers secrets and techniques whereas he’s trying to find his lacking daughter; “The Five” starring O.T. Fagbenle (“The Handmaid’s Tale”) follows childhood mates who’re reunited when DNA proof from a homicide scene traces again to considered one of their brothers, who vanished 20 years earlier than.

There’s additionally “The Innocent” (or “El Inocente”), which follows regulation pupil Mateo Vidal (Mario Casas), who by chance kills a person in a bar combat and finds his life spiraling even after he serves his jail sentence; “The Woods,” in the meantime, follows prosecutor Paweł Kopiński (Grzegorz Damięcki), who’s engaged on a case that’s associated to his previous, when he labored as a camp counselor and a number of other campers went lacking.  

Aura Garrido as Olivia (left) and Alexandra Jimenez as Lorena (right) in "The Innocent" on Netflix
Aura Garrido as Olivia (left) and Alexandra Jimenez as Lorena (proper) in “The Innocent” on Netflix.

Coben, who has 75 million copies of his novels circulating worldwide, units a lot of his tales in his native New Jersey — however, unusually, most of his TV diversifications are worldwide. “Safe” and “The Stranger” transfer their settings to the UK, whereas “The Woods” is Polish, “The Innocent” is Spanish and the upcoming collection, “Gone for Good,” takes place in France. 

Harlan Coben
Harlan Coben
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“What happened was I’ve also had a couple of successful shows that were in France, so I was talking to Netflix about maybe making a show there,” stated Coben. “They kind of came up with the idea like, ‘We want to do a lot in a lot of different countries where your books seem to do well.’ This had a great deal of appeal to me, because I think we’re in the golden age of television — especially in terms of international television, where Americans especially are willing to watch shows from other countries.” 

Even earlier than his collaboration with Netflix, Coben’s diversifications had been usually worldwide, together with the 2006 French movie “Tell No One.” He has some concepts about why his books are successful abroad, he stated. 

“France especially is probably my biggest European country. What they tell me is [that] it’s the fact that it’s not just a thriller, but it has heart. It’s one thing to have a fast-moving plot; I can stir your mind and your pulse. But if I’m not also stirring your heart — if you don’t care what happens to Adam in ‘The Stranger’ or these different characters — it’s not going to work. But I don’t know, other than to just count my blessings.”

Wiktoria Filus as Laura in "The Woods"
Wiktoria Filus as Laura in “The Woods”
Krzysztof Wiktor

Naturally, turning his American books into Spanish, French or Polish reveals includes altering particulars, together with key locales. But Coben stated he embraces the changes. 

“What was actually nice about a whole lot of the reveals like ‘The Innocent’ is that I may work with absolutely the prime expertise in these international locations. Oriol Paulo, who directed and wrote many of the present, is a prime director in Spain. So the concept we may mix a hybrid of my American novel in Spain or France or Poland or England — that was actually attention-grabbing to me.

“I think the most boring adaptations are the ones that are slavishly devoted to the text,” he stated. “The comparison that I use is songs. If I wrote a hit song called ‘The Innocent’ and somebody in Spain is remaking it, I don’t want them to sound exactly like me; that would be boring. I want them to bring in their culture, their background, their musical styles into it with my song. I think that makes it richer. That’s my personal philosophy.”

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