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James Marsden Replaces Paul Walker in The Best of Me

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Due to the untimely death of Paul Walker late last year, James Marsden has replaced the actor in the upcoming Nicholas Sparks film adaptation, The Best of Me.

The Best of Me will be directed by Michael Hoffman with a script written by Will Fetters and J. Mills Goodloe. Based on the Nicholas Sparks novel of the same name published in 2011, the book is officially described as follows:

In the spring of 1984, high school students Amanda Collier and Dawson Cole fell deeply, irrevocably in love. Though they were from opposite sides of the tracks, their love for one another seemed to defy the realities of life in the small town of Oriental, North Carolina. But as the summer of their senior year came to a close, unforeseen events would tear the young couple apart, setting them on radically divergent paths.

Now, twenty-five years later, Amanda and Dawson are summoned back to Oriental for the funeral of Tuck Hostetler, the mentor who once gave shelter to their high school romance. Neither has lived the life they imagined… and neither can forget the passionate first love that forever changed their lives. As Amanda and Dawson carry out the instructions Tuck left behind for them, they realize that everything they thought they knew—about Tuck, about themselves, and about the dreams they held dear—was not as it seemed. Forced to confront painful memories, the two former lovers will discover undeniable truths about the choices they have made. And in the course of a single, searing weekend, they will ask of the living, and the dead: Can love truly rewrite the past?

Marsden, also known as Liz Lemon’s lover,  most recently appeared in Adam McKay’s Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.

The Best of Me was originally planned to be released on October 17, but it’s a good bet that the project will now arrive in theaters at some point in 2015.

Trailer Unveil for Sparks Adaptation ‘Safe Haven’

Nicholas Sparks fans can mark their calendars for the February 8, 2013, debut of Safe Haven.

Coastal Town? CHECK!
Man who is too good to be true? CHECK!
Steamy love scene? CHECK!
Secret kept by main character? CHECK!
Romantic boat ride? CHECK!
Impending natural disaster? CHECK!

Yep, this is definitely a Sparks story. His other film adaptations of course include The Notebook, Message in a Bottle, Dear John and The Lucky One. Hey, as formulaic as it was, I actually enjoyed The Lucky One! Part of that is probably due to the fact that I’m too old to really have watched Zac Efron in his child acting days. I don’t have kids either, so High School Musical isn’t something I’ve ever watched.

For Safe Haven, beautiful people, Josh Duhamel and Julianne Hough are at the center of some romantic drama. SHE is Katie Feldman, a woman running away from a past full of what appears to be domestic violence and has forgotten how to trust. HE is Alex Wheatley, a single father who has lost his wife. Cobie Smulders of HIMYM and The Avengers is Jo, the side kick/ confident, who shows Hough’s character the ropes when she arrives in a small North Carolina town to escape her past. The film is being called a “deeply moving romantic thriller.”

Check out the trailer now! It has great music, too, I promise!

Directing Safe Haven is Lasse Hallström, Oscar nominated for his work on the phenomenal picture, The Cider House Rules.

Here’s the book synopsis from Amazon. You’ve got some time to read it before the film premiers!

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.

You can watch the new trailer below:

Safe Haven Casting Update Featuring Julianne Hough

Julianne Hough, from the upcoming rock musical, Rock of Ages, signed on to play the female lead alongside Josh Duhamel, from Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, in the big-screen adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ 2010 novel “Safe Haven.” Lasse Hallström, most known for his work on Chocolat, will be directing the project.

Hough will play Katie, a young woman with a dark secret, who travels to a small North Carolina town. While there, she meets a widowed store owner named Alex (Duhamel), and begins to trust and get close to him.

Safe Haven will begin production next month, and is scheduled to open in theaters Feb. 8, 2013.

View the book’s official summary below:

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.

Sparks, who is no stranger to the film adaptation world has his 7 of his novels adapted with Safe Haven being the eight and a ninth recently optioned. His adapted works include:

  • Message in a Bottle (February 12, 1999)
  • A Walk to Remember (January 25, 2002)
  • The Notebook (June 25, 2004)
  • Nights in Rodanthe (September 26, 2008)
  • Dear John (February 5, 2010)
  • The Last Song (March 31, 2010)
  • The Lucky One (April 20, 2012)
  • Safe Haven (film)
  • The Best of Me (film)

Yet Another Nicholas Sparks Adaptation In The Works

Josh Duhamel may join the cast of the latest Nicholas Sparks adaptation. Duhamel, most known for Transformers, is negotiating with Relativity Media to work out the details.

The film, Safe Haven, follows the success of Sparks’ The Lucky One, currently in theaters. It reached number two in the box office.

The novel, which was published in August of 2011, is another in a long line of romantic struggles, crisis of identity and self growth. The official plot is described as:

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.

Duhamel is being considered for the role of the widower. The female lead role is still in consideration with no word on who is eyed for the role.

The film will be produced by Sparks and Relativity’s Ryan Kavanaugh, Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen. Tucker Tooley will executive produce. Lasse Hallstrom (Chocolat) will direct.

Sparks, best known in the film industry for the adaptations of his books A Walk to Remember and The Notebook, has made a routine of bringing his novels to the silver screen. Along side Safe Have, another one of Sparks novels, The Best of Me, is also being considered for the big screen, as Warner Bros. bought the rights to it on July 17.

Since 1999, seven of his books have been adapted. His movie adaptations include:

  • Message in a Bottle (February 12, 1999)
  • A Walk to Remember (January 25, 2002)
  • The Notebook (June 25, 2004)
  • Nights in Rodanthe (September 26, 2008)
  • Dear John (February 5, 2010)
  • The Last Song (March 31, 2010)
  • The Lucky One (April 20, 2012)
  • Safe Haven (Upcoming)
  • The Best of Me (Upcoming)

While Safe Haven, a romance typical of Sparks, will certainly not be for everyone, the author has a large and devoted fanbase. His last several films have received mixed reviews, but The Notebook and A Walk to Remember remain fan favorites.

The Lucky One is also fairing relatively well at the box office, so Sparks may be due for another box office hit.