Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Jeff Bridges wants to star in an adaptation of The Giver?

Apparently so, according to Variety:

Jeff Bridges and producer Nikki Silver are taking another stab at a big screen version of Lois Lowry's young adult novel "The Giver."

They had been developing a feature version of the popular book for nearly a decade before it wound up at Warner Bros., which ponied up nearly $1 million to set up the tome with Red Wagon's Douglas Wick and Lucy Fisher in 2007.

When the rights became available again, Bridges and Silver stepped up to reacquire them and produce through family film and TV shingle On Screen Entertainment.

Vadim Perelman ("The House of Sand and Fog") is still attached to pen the script. Film financier John Heyman will produce.

Bridges will co-produce with Silver and Neil Koenigsberg, the thesp's longtime manager. Silver and Koenigsberg produced documentary "The Dude Abides," which kicked off the 25th anniversary PBS "American Masters" series in January celebrating Bridges' 40-year plus acting career.

"The Giver" follows a 12-year-old who lives in a futuristic utopian society where all memory of human history has been erased. His life is thrown into turmoil when he is designated to inherit the role of the Giver and bear his community's vast range of human emotions, which causes him to realize that living a pain-free life comes at a high cost.

Bridges was introduced to the book, which has sold more than 10 million copies, by his daughter, who was reading it in high school.

"I originally thought of the role of the Giver as a vehicle for my father, the late Lloyd Bridges; however, at 61 years old, I feel the time is right for me to do it," he said.

"The Giver" was first published in 1994, when it was optioned by TV syndicator Lancit Media and then family program producer RCN Entertainment (behind PBS kidlit series "Reading Rainbow"). Silver was an exec at both Lancit and RCN.

Bridges and Silver came close to getting the film made in 2006, when Fox and Walden Media were interested in giving the project a greenlight, with Perelman at the helm.

-Joey's Two Cents: I never cared much for the book, but I could see it being an interesting project for Bridges...thoughts?

9 comments:

  1. Perelman is an interesting filmmaker as well

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  2. I'm glad I'm not the only one who found the book lacking; it was assigned to me in the 6th Grade as one of the essential works of young adult fiction and was so...let down by it.

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  3. I read it around the same time...did absolutely nothing for me.

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  4. I nearly jumped out of my seat when I read this headline. Apart from the ending, I thought the book was terrific and would love to see it made into a movie.

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  5. I thought Dustin Hoffman was attached to this...

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  6. I believe he was at one point, but the film has been in limbo for a bit.

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  7. This is one of my wife's all-time favorite books and she has been calling for a film adaptation for years now...she, for one, will be very excited...

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