DreamWorks is looking to pick up the rights to M.L. Stedman’s debut novel The Light Between Oceans. Variety reports that the studio is in exclusive talks to acquire the rights, with Harry Potter’s David Heyman set to produce alongside Jeffrey Clifford through his Heyday Films banner. The story takes place on a remote Australian island following World War II and “follows a lighthouse keeper and his wife who are faced with a moral dilemma when a boat washes ashore with a dead man and an infant. When they decide to raise the child as their own, the consequences are devastating.”
It sounds like a rather harrowing story, and I can see why DreamWorks was so eager to pick the book up. DreamWorks co-chair and CEO Stacey Snider noted that they imagine the story as “a sweeping, classic film,” and Heyman definitely has a solid track record. Hit the jump to read the synopsis for The Light Between Oceans.