Plum Pictures has acquired feature rights to Harlan Coben's bestselling thriller The Innocent.

Coben wrote Tell No One which Guillaume Canet adapted into the acclaimed thriller and went on to gross more than $27m in France and $5m in the US and earned four Cesar Awards including best director.

The Innocent follows an expectant father whose efforts to get his life back on track after a spell in prison are thwarted at every turn. Things go from bad to worse when he receives information that leads him back to a world of violence and tests his conscience, his love for his wife and his suburban idyll.

'Tell No One was my favourite film this year,' Plum's Celine Rattray said. 'Immediately I became a voracious Harlan Coben reader. The Innocent was the one that felt like the perfect book to adapt. Reading it is like being in the grip of a great Hitchcock film, following irresistible characters through a maze of twists and turns that make you jump out of your seat.'

Plum Pictures was formed in September 2003 by Rattray, Galt Niederhoffer and Daniela Taplin. Company credits include Grace Is Gone, Diminished Capacity, Great World Of Sound and the recent Toronto premiere New York, I Love You.

The company is in post-production on Labor Pains starring Lindsay Lohan and in production on The Winning Season with Sam Rockwell, Emma Roberts and Rob Corddry. Plum is in development on The Rise Of Theodore Roosevelt at Paramount, with Leonardo DiCaprio attached to star, as well as the remake of Cache with Imagine that is set up at Universal, and the Sylvia Plath adaptation The Bell Jar starring Julia Stiles.