Josh Duhamel and Julianne Hough get their romantic groove on for Valentine’s Day in the Nicholas Sparks adaptation, Safe Haven, which opens February 14th. The romantic thriller centers on a young woman with a dark past whose sudden arrival in a small North Carolina town raises questions. As Katie (Hough) struggles with a dark secret that still haunts her, she reluctantly finds new love with a lonely widower (Duhamel) and his two children (Noah Lomax, Mimi Kirkland). Directed by Lasse Hallström from a screenplay by Dana Stevens, the film also features Cobie Smulders and David Lyons.
At the film’s recent press day, Duhamel, Hough, Hallström, Sparks and producer Marty Bowen talked about turning the novel into a major film, what Hallström brought to the story on screen, navigating the fine line between drama and melodrama to give an authentic voice to the characters, the process of conceiving a story that might be made into a film, the terrifying yet liberating experience of improv-ing on set, and the luxury of shooting on location in the quaint seaside town of Southport where the story was set. Hough also discussed playing a victim of domestic abuse and doing her own stunts. Hit the jump to read more:
Screenwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber have been tapped to adapt John Green’s critically hailed novel The Fault in Our Stars. The story centers on two cancer-stricken teens that meet in a support group and develop a relationship. The novel follows the two through the ups and downs of their disease, as they embolden each other to face an uncertain future. Deadline reports that Fox 2000 and producers Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen have set the (500) Days of Summer screenwriters to pen the adaptation.
I’ve heard nothing but great things about Green’s novel, so this should come as good news to fans of the book. Given how they successfully blended comedy and drama with Summer, Neustadter and Weber seem a nice fit to tackle this challenging material. The two recently scripted the period comedy Rosaline, which tells the Romeo and Juliet story from the point of view of Romeo’s jilted ex-lover. Mildred Pierce helmer Michael Suscy is set to direct that film with Lily Collins, Deborah Ann Woll and Dave Franco poised to star. The duo also adapted the teen-skewing The Spectacular Now for producer Shawn Levy. Hit the jump to read a synopsis for The Fault in Our Stars.
Summit Entertainment as purchased the spec script In the Flesh, an adaptation of the teen ghost novel A Certain Slant of Life. Kristin Hahn penned the script based on Laura Whitcomb’s novel, which centers on the ghost of a young woman who died 130 years ago. Her guilt prevents her from moving on, and she falls in love with another spirit who teaches her how to inhabit the body of a mortal whose spirit has died. Variety reports that The Twilight Saga’s Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfre are producing, which signals that Summit is hoping to keep a foothold on the “teen supernatural romance” genre that they’ve so successfully built with the Twilight franchise once the series comes to an end next year. Hit the jump to read a synopsis of Whitcomb’s A Certain Slant of Light.
Out to prove he’s more than just an immensely pretty face, Channing Tatum hopes to make it as a producer as well. We heard about his first effort, the thriller The Contortionist’s Handbook, earlier this month. Project number two is an ensemble drama entitled Ten Year, which reunites a group of friends a decade after their high school graduation. Naturally, Tatum intends to star in addition to his producerial duties, shared with producing partner Reid Carolin (Stop-Loss) as well as Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey (Eclipse).
According to THR, Tatum hired his Dear John scribe Jamie Linden to write and direct, with a few of Tatum’s friends in mind for the ensemble. There’s a role set aside for wife Jenna Dewan (Step Up), and the wishlist includes Chris Pine (Star Trek), Anna Faris (Observe and Report), Chris Pratt (Parks and Recreation), and Scott Porter (Friday Night Lights). There are no deals in place yet, but if Tatum and Co. can land that cast, I’m sold. I actually tend to respect Tatum more than most males in my age bracket, and like the conceit enough that I imagine I could get behind even a Pine-less Ten Year. The filmmakers hope to assemble financing and cast in time for a November shoot.
The Twilight Saga producers Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey are planning to adapt the classic children’s book series Babar into a feature film. Deadline reports that Bowen and Godfrey’s production company, Temple Hill, has made a deal with rights holders Nelvana and The Clifford Ross Company to generate family films around the “King of the Elephants”. Temple Hill is currently in production on Babar: The Adventures of Badou and Godfrey and Bowen are currently in the process of shopping around a blueprint of the Babar movie that would be a live-action/CGI hybrid family comedy. Could someone give me an example of a live-action/CGI hybrid adaptation of a children’s book that was a good movie? I’m struggling to think of one and coming up with nothing.
There have been more than 30,000 Babar publications in 19 languages since Jean De Brunhoff first created the character in 1931. His son Laurent continues to carry on his father’s work. Hit the jump to learn more about Babar.
Darren Lemke, writer of the upcoming Shrek Forever After and Jack the Giant Killer, has a new action-adventure fairytale adaptation in the works: The Nutracker. Yes, based on the ballet. According to Heat Vision, New Line has picked up the project, which is being produced by Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey of Temple Hill Entertainment (New Moon, the upcoming adaptation of the popular video game Gears of War).
For those not up on their ballet, The Nutcracker follows a 12-year-old girl who receives a nutcracker doll as a gift from her godfather on Christmas Eve. But as the night wears on, the doll comes to life and becomes involved in a war against a Mouse King with seven heads. This won’t be the first time the story’s been turned into a film, but perhaps the first time on this large a scale. It’s unknown as of now exactly what form the adaptation will take–live action or animated.
Academy Award-winning actress Halle Berry is negotiating to star in a new thriller from “Twilight” producers Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey. Titled “Dark Tide”, the film would star Berry as a dive instructor who returns to the sea after a near-fatal incident with a great white shark. To discuss who is giving Halle Berry career advice these days, hit the jump.