Another day, another Nicholas Sparks feature film adaptation. With The Lucky One’s release this past April and Safe Haven set to hit theaters in February, Warner Bros. is putting yet another Nicolas Sparks adaptation in the pipeline. Deadline reports that Michael Hoffman (One Fine Day, The Emperor’s Club) is in talks to direct The Best of Me, with The Lucky One scribe Will Fetters being courted to rewrite the screenplay. The story centers on two teenagers from opposite sides of the tracks (aren’t they all?) who fell in love in high school but were torn apart shortly thereafter, setting them on two radically different paths. They reconnect in their hometown twenty-five years later at a funeral, where they’re forced to drum up the past and confront painful memories.
Hoffman most recently directed the remake of Gambit with Colin Firth and Cameron Diaz, which hits theaters early next year. Sparks will produce The Best of Me alongside Denise DiNovi. Hit the jump to read a synopsis for the novel.
Earlier this month, we reported that Sean Penn would be directing Crazy for the Storm, an adaptation of the Norman Ollestad memoir scripted by Will Fetters (The Lucky One). Now, reports have Josh Brolin (No Country for Old Men) in talks to star. Ollestad, at age 11, was the only survivor of a plane crash that killed his father, who would be played by Brolin. His memoir centers on the skills his father taught him, skills that enabled him to survive the crash. Fetters’ script made the 2011 Black List and its easy to see what makes this story a compelling one. Hit the jump for more on Crazy for the Storm.
Sean Penn is adding another directorial project to his docket. Variety reports that Penn has now entered talks to direct Crazy for the Storm, an adaptation of Norman Ollestad’s memoir. At only 11 years old, Ollestad was the only survivor of a plane crash that killed his father. The script by Will Fetters (The Lucky One) landed on the 2011 Black List and revolves around Ollestad’s relationship with his father and how the skills instilled in him by his father helped him survive the crash.
It sounds like a fairly intense story, and the Warner Bros. film will likely necessitate strong performances from the actors playing the young boy and his father. Penn is not expected to take a role in the film, as he’ll only be handling directing duties. Hit the jump for more, including a synopsis of the book.
In addition to acting and directing, Clint Eastwood is quite an avid music lover. He’s composed the score to a number of his films and was even awarded an honorary Doctor of Music degree from the Berklee College of Music. As such, it came as no surprise when it was announced that Eastwood was planning a remake of A Star Is Born with Beyonce Knowles set to star as a burgeoning young artist. Production was pushed back due to the star’s pregnancy, but now that Blue Ivy is alive and well, Eastwood is working on casting his male lead.
Our correspondent Sheila Roberts got to speak with A Star Is Born screenwriter Will Fetters during a roundtable interview at the press day for the romantic drama The Lucky One, and the scribe took some time to talk about his approach to the remake—including a heavy inspiration from Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain—and the casting of the male lead. Hit the jump to see what he had to say.
Clint Eastwood and Beyonce will join forces in the latest iteration of the musical A Star is Born for Warner Brothers. With Beyonce starring and Eastwood both producing and directing Will Fetters’ (Remember Me) script, the film will mark the fourth time A Star is Born has graced the silver screen in the United States. The most recent version was released in 1976. That film starred Kris Kristofferson and Barbra Streisand and earned Streisand and lyricist Paul Williams an Oscar for best original song.
For those unfamiliar with the material, A Star is Born tells of a romantic relationship between an alcoholic star on his way out and a young female artist on the rise (in this most recent case, Beyonce). There is no word on who might fill the coveted role of “aging alcoholic star,” however, Deadline poses that Warner Bros. might have hopes of pairing Beyonce with human-summer-blockbuster Will Smith. A Star is Born is currently aiming to begin shooting this fall.
Depending on the type of career young heartthrob Zac Efron wants to have, The Lucky One is exactly the right choice, or… not. Will Fetters’ script is based on a novel from Nicholas Sparks, who also provided the source material for A Walk to Remember, The Notebook, Dear John, and The Last Song. With a Sparks novel, you know what you’re going to get: young people in love, a North Carolina setting, and about $80 million domestic.
There is a bit of a twist on The Lucky One, in that the female “lead” may not even be a speaking part. Efron would play a Marine who carries a photograph of an anonymous woman in his pocket during his three tours in Iraq as a good luck charm. Upon returning to the Tar Heel State, Efron seeks out his picturesque dream girl. If you want to hear a bit more about this project (meh), or a “high octane” script that Efron is eying (hmm), hit the jump.
While talking to actors is always cool, if you want to know how a movie was made and what really went on behind the scenes, you’ve got to talk to the director. Thankfully, both director Allen Coulter (Hollywoodland, many episodes of The Sopranos) and screenwriter Will Fetters had a lot to say about their movie Remember Me and they even told me what to expect on the eventual DVD release. We also talked about the challenges of doing press for a movie that has a lot of twists and turns. Hit the jump for more: