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Netflix, Coben continue to Stay Close

The latest drama to come out of author Harlan Coben’s five-year deal with Netflix will be an adaptation of his 2012 novel Stay Close.

The eight-part series will relocate the story from the US to the UK and reunites the team behind previous Netflix adaptations of Coben’s books The Stranger and Safe.

Nicola Shindler and Richard Fee will again serve as executive producers, alongside creator Coben and Danny Brocklehurst, who is lead writer again.

It follows three characters whose dark secrets resurface, setting off a chain of events which threatens to destroy their lives. Cush Jumbo (The Good Fight), James Nesbitt (The Missing) and Richard Armitage (The Stranger) have been confirmed in the three lead roles, with Sarah Parish (Bancroft) also joining.

StudioCanal-owned Red Production Company, which Shindler is in the process of leaving to set up her own scripted prodco with ITV Studios in 2021, will produce. The company recently appointed Sarah Doole as CEO to replace Shindler.

James Nesbitt

Coben’s deal with the streamer, signed in 2018, will see 14 of his titles developed into film and TV dramas.

So far these have included Polish original The Woods, Spanish original The Innocent, the film Six Years and Gone for Good, which is currently filming in France.

Juliet Charlesworth (Happy Valley) is series producer and Daniel O’Hara (The Stranger) is lead director and an executive producer. The series is due to go into production in early 2021 and filming will take place in and around Manchester and the north-west of England.

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