I watched Safe and The Stranger almost back to back with my girlfriend and I really have a hard time distinguishing the two.
Both the lead blokes are essentially the same character, they’re both seemingly set in an affluent part of Manchester, and for all intents and purposes the plot is basically the same, give or take a few minor details.
Having said that, I did enjoy them both – although thinking back now, The Stranger did frustrate me episode to episode and had more of a ropey ending, while Safe had a stronger conclusion.
Also, *spoiler alert*, the neighbour who killed his wife in The Stranger had the most punchable face ever – he was sort of like a cross between that guy from The League of Gentleman and Big Ears from Noddy.
Anyway, given the fact I watched these two, I’ll probably watch the third from author Harlan Coben – who’s book The Woods is hitting Netflix on June 12th in the form of a TV adaptation.
Based on his novel of the same name, it tells the tale of four teenagers who got lost in the woods decades earlier.
According to Deadline, the six-part series – which is being financially supported by the Polish Film Institute – is set in two time spans: 1994 and 2019.
The author tweeted the announcement saying:
Thrilled to announce this:
Put it your watchlist now.
The book’s synopsis says: “Paul Copeland’s sister went missing 20 years ago. Now raising a daughter alone, Cope balances family life with a career as a prosecutor. But when a homicide victim is found with evidence linking him to Cope, the well-buried secrets of the past are threatening everything.
“Is this body one of the campers who disappeared with his sister? Could his sister be alive…?
“Confronting his past, Cope must decide what is better left hidden in the dark and what truths can be brought to light.”
Michael Azzolino, Director of International Originals at Netflix, added: “We are excited to announce that our second original series for Poland will be an adaptation of Harlan Coben’s dual timeline mystery The Woods.
“ATM Grupa has assembled a top notch team of producers, writers and directors who have created a faithful adaptation of the book while adding local nuance and specificity of character to complete a gripping tale of innocence lost and the power of redemption.”
Director Leszek Dawid also said: “The Woods is a story full of secrets – a story you will want to follow. Try as hard as you might to bury unresolved issues from the past, but one day they will find their way back to you anyway.
“What I find fascinating is the way the film deals with the idea of a carefree adolescence. Looking back at the time in your life when you lived your most beautiful but, at the same time, your most atrocious experiences. Learning the truth. You cannot go any further without doing that.”
I’m sure it will be great.
I’m also sure it’s going to be exactly like the previous two things he’s done.
If it ain’t broke…
Images via Netflix