“The Light Between Oceans” is based on the debut novel by M.L. Stedman, published in 2012, in which an Australian returns home after fighting in World War I and moves with his wife to an isolated lighthouse on the coast of western Australia. They informally adopt a baby girl who has washed up in a lifeboat.
DreamWorks acquired the movie rights to the novel in 2012, with “Harry Potter” producer David Heyman and Jeffrey Clifford producing and Derek Cianfrance (“Beyond the Pines”) directing. Participant Media co-produced the film, which was shot in Australia in 2014.
“The Light Between Oceans” is the final DreamWorks title to be released by Disney under the five-year output agreement. DreamWorks titles are now handled through Universal under the new Amblin Partners deal announced in December.
Fassbender was nominated for a best supporting actor Oscar for “12 Years a Slave.” Vikander has been nominated for best supporting actress for “The Danish Girl.” Weisz won the best actress Oscar for 2005’s “The Constant Gardener.”