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Koontz's "Husband" Already Scores Film Deal

Image nameAccording to Variety, Focus Features and Random House are teaming up to bring an adaptation of Dean Koontz's upcoming novel "The Husband" to the big screen.

The story follows an ordinary man, Mitchell Rafferty, whose love for his wife is put to a harrowing series of tests over a 60-hour period after she is kidnapped. The question becomes how far this every-man will go to get the $2 million ransom.

"Husband," which will be published by Random's Bantam Books imprint in May, becomes the third film on the Random House Films slate, following pickups of Yasmina Khadra's "The Attack" and Bob Drogin's "Curveball."

Koontz's books have sold more than 300 million copies worldwide. "I have not been wildly happy with adaptations that have occurred in the past," Koontz told Daily Variety. "I've felt that the books were reduced to the lowest common denominator and an action line that may not be like mine. But I was impressed by (Focus Features') James Schamus and (Random House Films') Peter Gethers' attitude. I feel very confident in turning this project over to them. Because the people at Focus understand both story and subtext, they make narratively engaging, intelligent movies."

Focus' other recent credits include Ang Lee's "Brokeback Mountain" and Rian Johnson's "Brick."

No word on a release date, but studio execs say that production work will begin immediately. --Shannon Nolley