David Ayer to adapt Six Years for Netflix
After partnering with the streaming service for 2017’s Bright, David Ayer (The Tax Collector) is partnering with Netflix once again to writer, direct and produce an adaptation of the Harlan Coben bestselling novel Six Years, according to Deadline.
The novel, originally published in 2013, centers on Jake Fisher, a man who six years ago watched the love of his life marry another man and has since thrown himself into his career as a college professor while his promise to leave her alone results in a simmering, slow-building rage. His hopes for a second chance are renewed when her husband dies, but after attending the funeral and discovering his wife isn’t the woman Jake fell in love with, he becomes determined to find her and learn the truth.
Ayer is attached to pen the script adaptation as well as helm and produce the project through his Cedar Park banner. An adaptation of the novel was originally in development shortly before its publishing with former Fox executive Tom Rothman producing the project and was set up at Paramount with Hugh Jackman (Bad Education) attached to star, but the project lingered in development hell up until this point.
The film marks the second project Coben is currently working with the streaming service on as he is helping to develop an adaptation of his 2007 novel The Woods into a Polish original series directed by Leszek Dawid and Bartosz Konopka and written by Agata Malesińska and Wojtek Miłoszewsk, which Coben is executive producing and is set to debut later this year.
Ayer first partnered with Netflix on the Will Smith and Joel Edgerton-starring fantasy crime-thriller Bright and was set to return to helm and co-write the sequel, but instead solely co-wrote the script, with the streamer currently in talks with Louis Leterrier (The Incredible Hulk) to direct instead. Ayer is currently in post-production on The Tax Collector, a crime thriller reuniting him with Shia LaBeouf after the 2014 war drama Fury, and is developing a remake of The Dirty Dozen for Warner Bros, on which he will write, direct and produce.
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