'The Secret' Self-Help Book to Be Adapted for Film (Exclusive)
Raja Gosnell is on board to the direct the adaptation.
The Secret is out.
Constantin Film and Robert Cort Productions have teamed up to bring the best-selling self-help book by Rhonda Byrne to the big screen.
Raja Gosnell is on board to the direct the adaptation, which has a script by Bekah Brunstetter, a playwright who is also a writer and an executive story editor on ABC Family's Switched at Birth.
Byrne's 2006 book, and the documentary that preceded it, posited that working with laws of matching frequencies and the power of positive thinking could change peoples' lives for the better.
The book became an international best seller, with upwards of 28 million copies sold. It was translated into 52 languages, was on The New York Times best sellers list for 200 weeks and is one of Simon & Schuster's highest sellers in the publishing company's history. It also received its share of criticism and was parodied on The Simpsons and Saturday Night Live.
"We took The Secret documentary and book and used it to create a completely original narrative," said Robert Cort, who is producing with Byrne and her Illumination Productions. "This new film is about how seeing and believing in love helps to make it real."
The screenplay centers on a hard-working, young widowed mother whose life is upended by the arrival of a mysterious stranger. As he shares his philosophy with her and her three children, they find both self-fulfillment and love.
The producers hope to be in production as early as May of this year.
Robert Kulzer, Margo Klewans and Martin Moszkowicz of Constantin Film, Skye Byrne of Illumination Productions, and Gosnell will executive produce.
Cort is a veteran producer whose credits range from Three Men and a Baby and Cocktail, to Runaway Bride and Save the Last Dance. Cort has won Emmy Awards, including one for outstanding TV movie for Something the Lord Made.
Gosnell has an eclectic movie resume. He was an editor who worked on movies such as Pretty Woman and Home Alone, but segued to directing, making his directorial debut with the Drew Barrymore romantic comedy Never Been Kissed. He also became a go-to guy for live-action/CG hybrids projects, with hits such as Scooby-Doo and The Smurfs.
WME packaged the deal, repping Gosnell, Byrne, Brunstetter and Cort.