Ron Howard is to direct the film version of The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair.
The Oscar-winning filmmaker will take the reins on the big-screen adaptation of Joel Dicker's murder mystery for Warner Bros, reported Deadline.
It mirrors the events in the book, which also sees a novelist getting his work turned into a movie by the Warner Bros film company.
First published in France, The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair follows a young superstar author who finds himself embroiled in a murder mystery when his former university professor and mentor is accused of killing a teenage girl.
The book by Swedish writer Joel has been a publishing phenomenon in Europe, having sold over two million copies and won the Grand Prix du Roman award. It will be out on UK shelves in May.
Ron, who will also produce the film with his Imagine Entertainment partner Brian Grazer, is finishing off work on the big-screen adaptation of Nathaniel Philbrick's shipwreck story Heart Of The Sea, which reunites him with Rush star Chris Hemsworth.
He is also working on Inferno, the film of Dan Brown's third instalment of the Da Vinci Code franchise. His music documentary Made In America will be released on VoD and DVD on May 19.