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‘The Notebook’ Director Nick Cassavetes Boards ‘Have You Seen Her?’

“The Notebook” director Nick Cassavetes has signed on to helm the romantic drama “Have You Seen Her?” from Metalwork Pictures and Paris Film Inc., with shooting set for early next year.

Cassavetes will direct from a script he is co-writing with Paul Johansson. Andrew Levitas will produce for Metalwork Pictures, with his Rogue Black label financing. Rob Paris will produce under his Paris Film banner alongside co-writer Johansson.

Producers are keeping the logline for “Have You Seen Her?” under wraps except for saying that it is an international romance in the vein of  “The Notebook,” which launched the careers of Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams in 2004. The story is an original idea that Cassavetes has been developing for more than a decade.

“Nick and I have literally been on the verge of writing this for years,” Johansson said. “We’re incredibly excited to be partnering with Rob and Andrew who have put us on a very fast path to production.”

“The minute I heard Nick and Paul’s pitch, I knew I had to do whatever I could to help them get it made,” Paris said. “It’s sexy and smart, with an exotic, dreamlike setting perfectly suited for an immersive cinematic experience.”

Cassavetes’ credits include “John Q,” “Alpha Dog,” “My Sister’s Keeper” and “The Other Woman.” He’s the son of director John Cassavetes and actress Gena Rowlands.

Johansson is best known for playing Dan Scott on “One Tree Hill,” and also appeared in “The Notebook,” “John Q” and “Alpha Dog.” He is currently in pre-production on the psychological horror movie “Sacrifice,” which he is directing.

Cassavetes is represented by WME and Johansson is repped by manager Gordon Gilbertson and attorney Michael Weiss. Levitas is represented by CAA. The law firm Cohen/Gardner reps both Levitas and Paris and brokered the deals.

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