Katie Holmes to Star in Adaptation of Best-Selling Book ‘The Secret’

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Katie Holmes apparently believes in the power of positive thinking. The former “Dawson’s Creek” star will appear in a feature film adaptation of “The Secret,” the self-help book that postulated that human beings can control the universe with their minds and manifest their desires through the “law of attraction.” Somehow quantum physics also comes into play.

It may sound scientifically dubious, and the book did attract its fair share of criticism, but the controversy only fueled sales. “The Secret” was a publishing phenomenon, selling 30 million copies around the world.

The picture will be directed by Andy Tennant, who is best known for overseeing hit romantic comedies such as “Sweet Home Alabama” and “Hitch.” Bekah Brunstetter, a writer on NBC’s hit drama “This Is Us,” will adapt Rhonda Byrne’s best-seller, with participation from Tennant and his longtime writing partner Rick Parks (“Ever After: A Cinderella Story”).

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It sounds like the source material will inspire a story that’s in keeping with the principles that “The Secret” laid out rather than be a straight adaptation. The film will center on a hard-working widow with three children who hires a handyman to fix her house during a terrible storm. When not doing home repairs, he shares his philosophy of believing in the power of the universe to deliver what we want.

Robert Cort will produce the film with Covert Media CEO Paul Hanson, whose company will finance and handle worldwide sales on the feature.

“I am so excited that the film version of ‘The Secret’ is finally here,” Byrne said in a statement. “This movie will not only be a great thrill for ‘The Secret’ fans across the planet, it’s also certain to ripple out and touch millions more people.”

Holmes will next be seen in Steven Soderbergh’s “Logan Lucky” and will have a cameo in “Ocean’s Eight,” the all-female “Ocean’s Eleven” spinoff. Her credits include “Pieces of April,” “Wonder Boys,” and “Batman Begins.”

Holmes is repped by ICM, Untitled Entertainment, and Sloane, Offer, Weber and Dern. Tennant is repped by Paradigm and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush & Kaller. Brunstetter is repped by WME.

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  1. The film: “Touched By Fire” was so funny to me cause every time they had another scene with a group meeting at the crazy hospital with all the patients they were in these pastel colored hoodies as it looked like the costume designer just ran over the The Gap clearance and bought them all up. I mean every patient just happen to be in a light purple or sea foam green zip up hoodie. It was so odd and so funny. In one scene there were patients in light yellow, light green, light pink and light purple hoodies. I kept thinking are these pastel Easter colored hoodies mandatory at this locked down hospital? Or were the patients on a retreat and allowed to hit The Gap or Old Navy one sunny afternoon? I mean what was the back story?

    • That may be what you saw. I saw a very accurate portrayal of people who suffer from this form of mental illness and its effect on the lives of the people who love them. It was impressive to say the least.

    • You have a pathetic sense of humor. Touched by Fire was far from hilarious. It was a perceptive, honest and sympathetic portrait of an insidious mental disorder and its affect on those who suffer from it and those who love them. As I’ve already stated, Hudson gives a moving performance as a person trying to navigate through life with this difficult disease.

  2. HBO President of Awesometown says:

    This is a TV movie, right? It will never be shown in a theater.

  3. fischersd says:

    Umm….there already was a movie…

  4. Good to see Holmes getting busy with her career. Her performance in Touched by Fire is phenomenal.

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