Keira Knightley to Lead Adaptation of Nicholas Sparks' 'Safe Haven'
Though most of her romance has taken form in period dramas like Pride & Prejudice or even period action adventures like the first three Pirates of the Caribbean films, the lovely Keira Knightley is joining us in contemporary society with Seeking a Friend for the End of the World with Steve Carell. In addition, it sounds like she's taking on another modern romance in the form of Lasse Hallström's adaptation of Nicholas Sparks' novel Safe Haven. Twitch says the actress is in early talks to take on the film which doesn't sound like it's the usual sort of estranged and sappy romance we're used to getting from Sparks.
Here's the official synopsis of the book:
When a mysterious young woman named Katie appears in the small North Carolina town of Southport, her sudden arrival raises questions about her past. Beautiful yet self-effacing, Katie seems determined to avoid forming personal ties until a series of events draws her into two reluctant relationships: one with Alex, a widowed store owner with a kind heart and two young children; and another with her plainspoken single neighbor, Jo. Despite her reservations, Katie slowly begins to let down her guard, putting down roots in the close-knit community and becoming increasingly attached to Alex and his family.
But even as Katie begins to fall in love, she struggles with the dark secret that still haunts and terrifies her . . . a past that set her on a fearful, shattering journey across the country, to the sheltered oasis of Southport. With Jo's empathic and stubborn support, Katie eventually realizes that she must choose between a life of transient safety and one of riskier rewards . . . and that in the darkest hour, love is the only true safe haven.
Sounds like it could be pretty decent. Adaptations of Sparks' novels have become a genre unto themselves with films like The Notebook, Dear John, A Walk to Remember and the forthcoming release of The Lucky One with Zac Efron. Even the marketing for The Vow needed to point out that it starred Rachel McAdams "from The Notebook" and Channing Tatum "from Dear John," and the film felt like it could've easily been a Sparks book. Anyway, with Hallström (What's Eating Gilbert Grape) at the helm, I'm anxious to see what he does with Sparks' material and hope it falls outside of the usual cheesy kind of drama.