Nicholas Sparks has seen Hollywood make 10 of his romance-drama novels into films, with half of those shot in North Carolina — beginning with 1999’s “Message in a Bottle” and on to “A Walk to Remember,” “Nights in Rodanthe,” “Safe Haven” and “The Longest Ride.”
A sixth Sparks movie will begin production in the state in October, when Ross Katz shoots “The Choice” in Wilmington. The pic is based on Sparks’ 2007 novel about the life journey of a North Carolina couple.
That may be the final Sparks movie to be shot in his adopted home state, which is ending its long-standing tax credit program at the end of 2014 in favor of a far smaller grant program, with incentives scaled back due to fervent Tea Party opposition. “The Choice” producer Theresa Park calls that a shame.
“We are very lucky that ‘The Choice’ was eligible to participate in the last months of North Carolina’s film incentives program — an established and successful initiative that has been responsible for millions of dollars’ worth of job earnings and the growth of a thriving community of film and TV professionals,” she said. “Thousands will be forced to relocate” if incentives end.