EXCLUSIVE: Looks like Warner Bros is getting close to the altar on another romantic film based on a Nicholas Sparks bestseller. I’m told that Michael Hoffman is in talks to direct The Best Of Me, an adaptation of the Sparks bestseller. Will Fetters, who adapted the Sparks novel Lucky One, is being courted to do a rewrite. Denise DiNovi is producing with Sparks and Theresa Park is co-producer. Hoffman most recently helmed the Gambit remake that stars Colin Firth and Cameron Diaz.
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Warner Bros originally hired J. Mills Goodloe to write the script, after it acquired the novel long before it was published by Grand Central. In fact, the studio bought The Best Of Me last summer in a room where Sparks pitched his novel idea to Warner Bros executives, even before putting pen to paper. The novel is about two former small-town high school sweethearts from opposite sides of the tracks. Now middle-aged, they’ve taken wildly divergent paths. Neither has forgotten their first love affair, and when they return to their hometown for a funeral, they meet and confront the past and a possible future. Goodloe is beginning his adaptation immediately.
Sparks has a remarkably high ratio of books that sell and get made, with others that include Dear John, The Last Song, The Notebook, Nights In Rodanthe and most recently the Warner Bros pic Lucky One, which starred Zac Efron. Safe Haven is in the works with Lasse Hallstrom at Relativity Media. UTA and Brillstein rep Hoffman, and Fetters is repped by WME and 3 Arts.
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