‘Night’ moves for WB, Di Novi

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In what will mark the third adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks novel for Warner Bros. and producer Denise Di Novi, the studio has purchased rights to “Nights in Rodanthe,” the latest work from the bestselling author, which will be published this fall by Warner Books.

The author’s reps, UTA and lit agent Theresa Park brought the book directly to WB after the last collaboration worked so well. The studio got lackluster returns for the Kevin Costner vehicle “Message in a Bottle” but scored a sleeper hit with “A Walk to Remember,” a low-cost, youth-driven film that starred Shane West and Mandy Moore and turned a profit for the studio after grossing more than $100 million worldwide.

“Rodanthe” concerns a doctor who, on the way to reconcile with his estranged son, bunks at an inn along the way. There, the doc has a life-altering romance. Title refers to a beach town in North Carolina, where the film will shoot.

Di Novi said it will be written quickly and designed as a star vehicle for the doc and his newfound lover. “Nick always finds a way to touch the heart on a human level,” said Di Novi.

WB’s Courtenay Valenti will supervise the film.

Aside from his WB action, Sparks’ long-gestating adaptation of “The Notebook” is building momentum at New Line with producer Mark Johnson.

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