David Ayer brings Harlan Coben’s Six Years to Netflix
James R | On 10, May 2020
David Ayer is bringing Harlan Coben novel Six Years to Netflix.
The Suicide Squad and Fury director is no stranger to the streamer, having helmed Bright, Netflix’s first big original blockbuster starring Will Smith and Joel Edgerton. This past week, it was confirmed that while Smith and Edgerton will reprise their roles in the sequel to the film, Ayer will not be back at the helm. Now, we know what he’ll be doing instead.
Ayer will write, direct and produce the movie, which is based on Coben’s bestseller. Six years have passed since Jake Fisher watched Natalie, the love of his life, marry another man. Six years of hiding a broken heart by throwing himself into his career. Six years of keeping his promise to leave Natalie alone, and six years of tortured dreams of her life with her new husband, Todd. But six years haven’t come close to extinguishing his feelings, and when Jake comes across Todd’s obituary, he can’t keep himself away from the funeral. There he gets the glimpse of Todd’s wife he’s hoping for… but she is not Natalie – and Jake’s world is turned completely inside out.
As Jake searches for the truth, his picture-perfect memories of Natalie begin to unravel. Mutual friends of the couple either can’t be found or don’t remember Jake. No one has seen Natalie in years. Jake’s search for the woman who broke his heart – and who lied to him – soon puts his very life at risk as it dawns on him that the man he has become may be based on carefully constructed fiction.
Ayer is producing alongside Chris Long under their Cedar Park banner, which has just upped its TV deal in place at eOne. Coben, meanwhile, has an overall deal in place at Netflix and is also seeing his thriller The Woods being turned into series, following The Stranger and Safe.