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Fox 2000 Nabs Rights to Next Nicholas Sparks Novel

Nicholas Sparks
Nicholas Sparks

“The Longest Ride” is targeting a Valentine’s Day 2015 theatrical release.

Fox 2000 Pictures has acquired the film rights to Nicholas Sparks’ next novel, The Longest Ride.

Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey are producing the film, which is eyeing a Valentine’s Day 2015 release date. The most recent Sparks adaptation, Safe Haven, hit theaters on Valentine’s Day last week, where it opened to $25 million over four days.

The novel, being published by Grand Central Publishing, is slated to hit bookstores Sept. 24. It centers on two couples (one old and one young) whose relationships intersect in surprising ways.

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“It has been a dream of ours for many years to bring one of Nicholas Sparks' books to life as a film. We are elated that this dream has finally been realized with The Longest Ride,” said Fox 2000 president Elizabeth Gabler in a statement.

Sparks said he was excited to be “partnering with such an able and well-regarded studio.”

Eight Sparks novels have been adapted for the big screen so far: The Notebook, Message in a Bottle, A Walk to Remember, Nights in Rodanthe, Dear John, The Last Song, The Lucky One and Safe Haven. Combined, they have grossed nearly three-quarters of a billion dollars at the box office.