Derek Cianfrance to Direct 'The Light Between Oceans' at DreamWorks
Big news for one of my favorite filmmakers - Derek Cianfrance, the man behind Blue Valentine and this year's The Place Beyond the Pines (interviewed right here). DreamWorks, the production company (not the animation house), has hired Cianfrance to direct the adaptation of M.L. Stedman's novel titled The Light Between Oceans about a lighthouse keeper in Australia who raises a young child that washes up on shore. The adaptation is being developed by executive producer Rosie Alison with David Heyman (of Gravity, Harry Potter) and Jeffrey Clifford for DreamWorks Studios, which has a deal to distribute through Disney.
Here's a better synopsis and intro to M.L. Stedman's novel The Light Between Oceans direct from Amazon:
Tom Sherbourne is a lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, a tiny island a half day’s boat journey from the coast of Western Australia. When a baby washes up in a rowboat, he and his young wife Isabel decide to raise the child as their own. The baby seems like a gift from God, and the couple’s reasoning for keeping her seduces the reader into entering the waters of treacherous morality even as Tom--whose moral code withstood the horrors of World War I--begins to waver. M. L. Stedman’s vivid characters and gorgeous descriptions of the solitude of Janus Rock and of the unpredictable Australian frontier create a perfect backdrop for the tale of longing, loss, and the overwhelming love for a child that is The Light Between Oceans.
I first fell in love with Cianfrance's filmmaking seeing Blue Valentine at Sundance a few years ago. There's something really refreshing about the films that he makes and I love how he tells very personal, very moving dramatic stories. The Light Between Oceans sounds like it might be the perfect story for Cianfrance to leap into Hollywood, though I hope he remains in control of the script and adaptation and doesn't let it become something that doesn't represent him. The news doesn't say whether Cianfrance is adapting the script or if another writer is involved. DW's Stacey Snider says: "We certainly believe he can make a modern epic from M.L.'s poignant novel and will be able to capture the great epic sweep and emotional honestly of this story."