It is one of the first high-profile titles to be put into turnaround since New Line was downsized.
Bowen and Godfrey are producing. Relativity’s Ryan Kavanaugh and Tucker Tooley will exec produce.
Tatum stars as a soldier who, while home on leave, falls for a conservative college student.
Relativity will fully finance the film, while Screen Gems will distribute domestically and in a few other territories.
Relativity has engaged Mandate Intl. to broker offshore territories. “Dear John” is being sold at Cannes with two other Relativity-financed films: the Simon West-directed Vin Diesel starrer “Executive Order 6,” and the Samuel Bayer-directed Scarlett Johansson starrer “Brilliant.”
Sparks’ books have been the basis for the films “Message in a Bottle,” “The Notebook,” “A Walk to Remember” and the recently completed Diane Lane-Richard Gere starrer “Nights in Rodanthe.”
“I went after it aggressively,” said Screen Gems topper Clint Culpepper. “Lasse handles this material so well.”
Tatum is currently shooting “G.I. Joe.”