Nicholas Sparks is a novelist who has already made a good name for himself. Eight of his novels have been turned into successful movies. The film, “The Longest Ride” is now coming to theaters in 2015, his latest success story.
Sparks’ novel was up for grabs to the highest bidders. The novel won’t be published as a book until September 24, 2013, however, Fox 2000 was the winner out of three in a heated bidding war for the rights to create a film from the novel.
Fox 2000 outbid Warner Bros. and Relativity Media, offering a $5 million price for the right to create the film.
Fox 2000’s Elizabeth Gabler tells Deadline they couldn’t be more pleased with the outcome.
It has been a dream of ours for many years to bring one of Nicholas Sparks’ books to life as a film – an incredible story about love and the strength of the human spirit.” Gabler was the driving force behind “Life of Pi” and “The Devil Wears Prada” becoming films taken from a novel story line.
The new release tells the story of two different love stories. The first involves a 90-year-old man who crashes his car into snow where he spends his time reminiscing about the time he spent with his late wife. The other side of the story is an art history major and a bull rider who have figured out they need to ignore their different outlooks on life for the sake of keeping a happy relationship.
“The Longest Ride” is scheduled to be in theaters for Valentine’s Day weekend in 2015. Sparks last adaptation was just released in theaters – “Safe Haven” – and came home with a healthy $21.4 million in box office sales for opening weekend.