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Jeff Bridges Producing and Starring in Adaptation of 'The Giver' Novel

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June 28, 2011
Source: Variety

The Giver / Jeff Bridges

For over a decade now, Jeff Bridges and producer Nikki Silver have been trying to get an adaptation of the young adult novel The Giver into production, but they hit a snag back in 2007 when Warner Bros. ended up picking up the book. But now Variety says the rights have become available again, and now Bridges and Silver are looking to finally get the project off the ground. Vadim Perelman (The House of Sand and Fog) is still attached to pen the script, and while Bridges had initially envisioned the project for his father, the late, great actor Lloyd Bridges, it sounds like he'll end up starring in the film himself. Read on!

The younger Bridges says, "I originally thought of the role of the Giver as a vehicle for my father, the late Lloyd Bridges, however, at 61-years-old I feel the time is right for me to do it." The story follows a 12-year-old boy who lives in a futuristic utopian society where all memory of human history has been erased. His life is thrown into turmoil when he is designated to inherit the role of the Giver and bear his community's vast range of human emotions, which causes him to realize that living a pain-free life comes at a high cost. It sounds like this is really a passion project for Bridges, so if he pours all that love into the film, then his waiting will not have been in vain.

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  • http://www.skonmovies.com/ Sean Kelly
    I read the book (twice) as a kid and I'd really be interested to see how the film version turns out.
  • Anonymous
    awesome im there
  • nick
    FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU....................!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Alright now that that is out of the way i have to say that this would be an awful adaptation the giver is one book that needs to stay a book what are they going to do SPOILER when the apple 'changes'.  they cant see color and that change is when the main character is seeing color for the first time because he is going to be the next giver.  what are they going to do film in black and white and then when scenes like that happen there going to put the object in color??  Look i might be rambling but i just don't want to see a good book butchered by a bad film adaptation. 
  • crumb
    Nick: maybe they'll adapt it to modern times and make it sort of meta: the conversion wont be that people see black and white and givers see color, but rather 2d and 3d respectively.  ether way I'm super excited. Great book. Great actor. 
    • Anonymous
      that is a really good idea
  • Lrizo83
    'Vain', not 'Vein'.
  • Ashley Landers
    I will be really disappointed to see this become a feature film. The Giver touches on a lot of different subjective topics that no one could really adapt into a visual concept for everyone. This is also one of the most controversial books of all time seeing as it encompasses the topic of 'sameness' for everyone in a ''utopian'' society. Shame on anyone who ruins this novel. Same theory on movies like Perks of Being A Wallflower & Catcher in the Rye.
  • Anonymous
    its about bloody freaking time
  • God
    WOO! One of my favourite books in school
  • Sean Ahrens
    Nick, have you not seen a movie since 2005? They can make entire creatures look real and fabricate worlds from nothing. I'm pretty sure they can handle making an apple change color for a few seconds.

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