Channing Tatum to star in Sparks adaptation
Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey for New Line as part of their first-look producing deal. 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.”
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