The project, which has not yet signed a director or cast, is the second that Sparks has set up at his 2-year-old production company. The author has seen eight of his novels turned into films starting with “Message in a Bottle” in 1999, followed by “A Walk to Remember,” “The Notebook,” “Nights in Rodanthe,” “Dear John,” “The Last Song,” “The Lucky One” and “Safe Haven.”
“The Choice” will be produced and financed by Sparks and Theresa Park with Peter Safran. The project, from Nicholas Sparks Productions, is slated to begin shooting in the fall.
“The Choice,” published in 2007, tells the story of a man and a woman who meet first as neighbors in a small coastal town in North Carolina and end up pursuing a relationship that neither could have foreseen. Bryan Sipe has written the screenplay.
Lionsgate executives held discussions about acquiring the rights to “The Choice” during the Cannes Film Festival.
Nicholas Sparks Productions recently announced the acquisition of Gale Sayers’ life and memoir rights for a feature film to be co-produced with Michael Costigan.
Two other Sparks adaptations — “The Best of Me” and “The Longest Ride” — are currently in production.
The news of Lionsgate’s rights acquisition was first reported by Deadline.com.