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Derek Cianfrance to Direct 'The Light Between Oceans'

Derek Cianfrance 2010 - P 2013
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Derek Cianfrance

"The Place Beyond the Pines" director will helm DreamWorks’ adaptation based on M.L. Stedman’s novel.

Derek Cianfrance, who last directed the Ryan Gosling drama The Place Beyond the Pines, has been hired to direct DreamWorks’ adaptation of The Light Between Oceans.

Heyday Films' David Heyman -- who is behind one of the fall’s most buzzed about movies, Gravity -- and Jeffrey Clifford are producing the movie based on M.L. Stedman’s novel.

The book, published July 2012 by Scribner to stellar reviews, is set on an island off the coast of Western Australia after World War I. A lighthouse keeper and his wife find a 2-month-old girl and a dead body in a rowboat and decide to raise the baby as their own. But what seems like a blessing soon turns tragic, as morality and love are tested.

Rosie Alison, who brought the book to Heyday, will executive produce.

“With his previous work, Derek has exhibited a deft touch when handling complex and emotional subject matters,” said DreamWorks production president Holly Bario in making the announcement. “With Derek on board to direct, we know the project couldn’t be in more capable hands.”

Cianfrance wrote and directed 2010’s Blue Valentine, which starred Gosling and Michelle Williams and garnered many award nominations. He reteamed with Gosling for Pines, which also starred Bradley Cooper and Eva Mendes.

Cianfrance is repped by CAA and Electric City Entertainment.