Relativity acquires Nicholas Sparks novel

Company nabs feature rights to upcoming 'Safe Haven'

Ryan Kavanaugh’s Relativity Media has acquired feature rights to Nicholas Sparks’ upcoming novel “Safe Haven” and is fast-tracking the project.

Relativity announced Thursday that it’s set the project up with Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey of Temple Hill Entertainment, who will produce along with Kavanaugh and Sparks. Relativity’s Tucker Tooley will exec produce.

“Safe Haven” will be released in bookstores Sept. 14 by Grand Central Publishing with Relativity providing marketing and promotional support through its Rogue Network and other outlets.

The novel follows a young North Carolina woman who is determined to avoid forming personal ties until a series of events draws her into two reluctant relationships. It’s the second pairing for Temple Hill with Kavanaugh following “Dear John” earlier this year.

Relativity recently acquired the marketing and distribution operations of Overture and plans to distribute “Safe Haven.”

Kavanaugh cited Bowen and Godfrey’s work on “Dear John” and the “Twilight” franchise as evidence that the producers’ ability to deliver love stories with an edge.

Warner Bros. has handled four Sparks film adaptations — “Message in a Bottle,” “A Walk to Remember,” “Nights in Rodanthe” and upcoming “The Lucky One,” starring Zac Efron. New Line produced “The Notebook” and Disney produced “The Last Song.”

UTA represents Sparks and handled the sale.

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