Harlan Coben teams with Lawrence Kasdan to adapt STAY CLOSE.

Deadline has reported that Harlan Coben will be teaming with acclaimed writer/director Lawrence Kasdan to adapt Coben’s forthcoming STAY CLOSE for the big screen.

Megan is a suburban soccer mom who once upon a time walked on the wild side. Now she’s got two kids, a perfect husband, a picket fence, and a growing sense of dissatisfaction. Ray used to be a talented documentary photographer, but at age forty he finds himself in a dead- end job posing as a paparazzo pandering to celebrity-obsessed rich kids. Jack is a detective who can’t let go of a cold case-a local husband and father disappeared seventeen years ago, and Jack spends the anniversary every year visiting a house frozen in time, the missing man’s family still waiting, his slippers left by the recliner as if he might show up any moment to step into them.

Three people living lives they never wanted, hiding secrets that even those closest to them would never suspect, will find that the past doesn’t recede. Even as the terrible consequences of long-ago events crash together in the present and threaten to ruin lives, they will come to the startling realization that they may not want to forget the past at all. And as each confronts the dark side of the American Dream- the boredom of a nice suburban life, the excitement of temptation, the desperation and hunger that can lurk behind even the prettiest facades- they will discover the hard truth that the line between one kind of life and another can be as whisper-thin as a heartbeat.

Kasdan’s resume is long and distinguished. He first came to fame as the man that was able to turn George Lucas’ visions into coherent screenplays for THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARC and RETURN OF THE JEDI. He also wrote/directed THE BIG CHILL, BODY HEAT and THE ACCIDENTAL TOURIST. His last film was the 2003 adaptation of Stephen King’s DREAMCATCHER.

The article states that the plan is to complete the screenplay by March 20th, when the novel is released. The pair plan to shop the completed screenplay with the intention of having Kasdan direct.