Nicholas Sparks' Novel 'The Choice' Gets a Director

11:16 AM PST 09/02/2014 by Tatiana Siegel
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Ross Katz

The film will mark the author's 11th novel to be adapted for the screen

Adult Beginners helmer Ross Katz will direct an adaptation of Nicholas Sparks' best-selling novel The Choice.

The film revolves around Travis Parker and Gabby Holland, who meet first as neighbors in a small coastal town and end up pursuing a relationship. Spanning a decade and tracing the evolution of a love affair that is ultimately tested, the story is set in Sparks' frequently depicted North Carolina.

Bryan Sipes (Demolition) wrote the screenplay for the film, which will begin production in October in Wilmington, N.C.

Sparks is co-financing and producing the film through his Nicholas Sparks Productions alongside and The Safran Company's Peter Safran (The Conjuring).

Theresa Park also is producing.

The Choice will mark the 11th Sparks novel to be adapted for the screen, including The Best of Me and The Longest Ride, which are currently in post-production. Others include The Notebook, Message in a Bottle, A Walk to Remember, Dear John and The Lucky One.

Nicholas Sparks Productions, formed in 2012, currently has both film and TV projects in various stages of development. The company recently acquired Gayle Sayers' life and memoir rights, with plans to develop the story of Sayers and Brian Piccolo's friendship into a feature film.

Lionsgate acquired North American, U.K. and Latin American distribution rights to The Choice in the spring.

"We are proud to have attracted such a talented and well-regarded director to helm our first independently produced feature film due in large part to Bryan's beautiful and original script," Sparks said.

Katz made his feature directorial debut in 2009 with Taking Chance, which starred Kevin Bacon. His latest film, Adult Beginners, stars Rose Byrne, Nick Kroll and Bobby Cannavale and will premiere at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival.

Katz is repped by CAA and Management 360.

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