Ole Bornedal to write, direct 'Husband'

Film based on Dean Koontz thriller

CANNES -- Ole Bornedal will write and direct an adaptation of Dean Koontz' 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," has just been released in his native Denmark, has begun writing the newest draft of the screenplay, which had most recently been scripted by Glenn Gers. "The Husband" was published in 2006 in hardcover in the U.S. and Canada by the Bantam Books imprint of Random House, the paperback edition was published in 2007 in the U.S. and Canada by Bantam.

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

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