Focus Features and Random House Films have announced that they have picked up movie rights to Dean Koontz’s upcoming novel THE HUSBAND and are fast-tracking development of a feature adaptation. Set to be published in hardcover by Bantam Books on May 30, THE HUSBAND is a psychological thriller about a man named Mitchell Rafferty whose ordinary life is shattered when he receives a phone call from a stranger who has kidnapped his wife. The ransom demanded is $2 million, and story follows the extreme lengths Mitchell goes through to secure the money.
“Dean Koontz has a written a wonderful, suspenseful novel, one which merits comparison to the best of Hitchcock; our goal is to create a movie of the quality that we brought to our film version of John le Carré’s THE CONSTANT GARDENER,” says Focus president James Schamus. Adds Random House Films president Peter Gethers, “Dean Koontz is a master of writing about the necessity of love in a world that is all too often dominated by evil. In returning to that theme in THE HUSBAND, he has told a story that will make for a film equal parts touching and terrifying.” A screenwriter for the project is currently being sought.