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

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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I read the book (twice) as a kid and I'd really be interested to see how the film version turns out.

Sean Kelly on Jun 28, 2011


awesome im there

Anonymous on Jun 28, 2011


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. 

crumb on Jun 28, 2011


that is a really good idea

Anonymous on Jun 28, 2011


'Vain', not 'Vein'.

Lrizo83 on Jun 28, 2011


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.

Ashley Landers on Jun 29, 2011


its about bloody freaking time

Anonymous on Jun 30, 2011


WOO! One of my favourite books in school

God on Jul 21, 2011


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.

Sean Ahrens on Jan 20, 2012

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