Netflix’s new mystery thriller arrives this month

Mystery fans are going to have a blast this month on Netflix. The streamer has a new preview series called Stay close – an adaptation of a novel of the same name, written by Harlan Coben. This is Netflix’s fourth original series produced as part of Coben’s massive deal with the company, and expectations are high.

Stay close is based on a detective novel published in 2012, and Coben is credited as a writer alongside screenwriters Daniel Brocklehurst and Lawrence Kasdan. He is also an executive producer alongside Brocklehurst, Nicola Shindler and Richard Fee, while directors include Daniel O’Hara and Lindy Heymann. The show stars Cush Jumbo, James Nesbitt, Richard Armitage, Eddie Izzard, Jo Joyner, Youssef Kerkour, Sarah Parish, Daniel Francis, Dylan Francis, Andi Osho, Bethany Antonia, Rachel Andrews, Poppy Gilbert and Hyoie O’Grady.

The show is about a normal suburban family uncovering their own dark secrets, including a past criminal entanglement that may not be buried as deep as they hope. It will be a limited series with only 8 episodes, and it will premiere exclusively on Netflix on Friday, December 31, 2021.

Coben has a remarkable deal with Netflix that signals the streamer’s intention to tackle the crime drama genre more than ever and secure its own proprietary intellectual property where possible. In August 2018, Deadline reported on Coben’s 5-year global deal with Netflix, which included plans to turn 14 of the author’s novels into series. The contract states that Coben will be a producer on all shows.

The agreement was preceded by the premiere of Safe, an 8-episode adaptation of Coben’s novel which premiered in the spring of 2018. It starred Michael C. Hall and featured much of the same talent behind the camera, including Brocklehurst and O’Hara. It originally aired on Canal + in France and caught the attention of Netflix. After signing the global agreement, the company immediately got to work on The foreigner, which was the next Coben series to air in January 2020.

The foreigner including Armitage, who is back for Stay close. Brocklehurst and O’Hara also worked on this one, but not the follow-up, Woods, which was created in June 2020. Since then Woods was originally in Polish, screenwriters Agata MalesiÅ„ska and Wojciech MiÅ‚oszewski handled the adaptation. Finally, the most recent Coben series was The innocent, which premiered on Netflix on April 30, 2021.

These series are all standalone and don’t need to be watched in any particular order, but there is no doubt that Coben fans – new and old – look forward to each episode. Stay close premieres Thursday, December 31 on Netflix.

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