Bornedal will face the 'Husband' test


Ole Bornedal will write and direct an adaptation of Dean Koontz's thriller "The Husband" for Random House Films and Focus Features.

The novel follows an ordinary working man whose love for his wife is put to a series of tests over a 60-hour period, beginning with a phone call from a stranger.

Bornedal, whose latest thriller "Deliver Us From Evil" recently was released in his native Denmark, has begun writing the newest draft of the screenplay, which most recently was scripted by Glenn Gers.

"Husband" was published in 2006 in hardcover in North America by Random House's Bantam Books imprint; the paperback edition came out the following year.

Focus creative exec Matthew Plouffe is supervising the film for the studio's president of production, John Lyons. Random House Films president Peter Gethers is supervising for his company.

Films co-produced by Focus and Random House are jointly owned, with the former holding worldwide distribution and sales rights. (partialdiff)