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Relativity pushes ‘Safe Haven’ to 2013

Nicholas Sparks story now gets Valentine's Day bow

Relativity Media has pushed back the release of its Nicholas Sparks adaptation “Safe Haven” to Feb. 14, 2013, positioning the Lasse Hallstrom-directed love story for success over Valentine’s Day weekend.

Pic was originally skedded to open June 1, 2012, but with Hallstrom yet to start casting, the production delay was inevitable.

“Safe Haven” follows a young woman who moves to a small North Carolina town in order to escape her past. She quickly falls for a loving widowed father who heals her heart and helps her escape danger.

Dana Stevens (“City of Angels”) wrote the script, on which Jamie Linden (“Ten Year”) recently did a rewrite.

Sparks is producing with Relativity CEO Ryan Kavanaugh and Temple Hill Entertainment principals Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen, while Relativity prexy Tucker Tooley will exec produce.

Hallstrom is no stranger to Sparks’ work, having previously helmed the bigscreen adaptation of the bestselling author’s novel “Dear John,” which Kavanaugh financed and Temple Hill produced. That pic grossed nearly $115 million worldwide.

Relativity acquired rights to “Safe Haven” in a heated bidding war in August 2010, when the company announced it would be fast-tracking the project. Grand Central Publishing released the book the following month, and Relativity provided marketing and promotional support through its Rogue Network and other outlets.