Josh Duhamel in Talks for Nicholas Sparks Adaptation 'Safe Haven'
Despite the fact that The Notebook has essentially been turned into a punchline in today's pop culture landscape, we can't ignore one thing: movies based on Nicholas Sparks books make a lot of money at the box office. Zac Efron's The Lucky One made $22 million last weekend, and that's enough for Relativity Media to give the greenlight to the next in the list of Sparks novels waiting to turn into box office gold. Variety reports that the studio is in talks with Transformers actor Josh Duhamel to star in Safe Haven, an adaptation that will see him playing a widowed father who starts a relationship with a mystery woman. More below!
Safe Haven - not to be confused with Denzel's Safe House, or Jason Statham's Safe (what's with the word "safe" in recent movie titles these days?) will be directed by Lasse Hallstrom, someone who, as the director of the Channing Tatum-starrer Dear John, is intimately familiar with Sparks' work and how it should be translated to the big screen. The screenplay will be written by Dana Stevens, who is also familiar with this kind of drama since she wrote the Nicolas Cage/Meg Ryan romance City of Angels back in the late 90s. The studio is still searching for the female lead, and though they once had Keira Knightley in mind, now the role is apparently anyone's for the taking. Either way, they need to find someone relatively quickly because the film is already set to hit theaters on February 8th, 2013.