George Tillman Jr. in Final Talks to Direct 'Longest Ride' (Exclusive)

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George Tillman Jr.

Temple Hill's Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey are producing the adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks novel.

George Tillman Jr. is in final negotiations to direct The Longest Ride, Fox 2000's adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks novel.

Temple Hill's Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey are producing.

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The book's story runs on two tracks that ultimately converge: one focuses on an elderly man who lies trapped in a car accident, and, while fighting to remain conscious, sees visions of his deceased wife and their life together. The second centers on a high school senior who meets a young bull rider with a secret.

Craig Bolotin, the veteran screenwriter who penned the 1989 Ridley Scott-Michael Douglas thriller Black Rain, wrote the script.

Fox picked up the rights to the tome in February 2013 for a reported $5 million.

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Tillman last directed the indie drama The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete. Among his other credits are 1997’s Soul Food, 2000’s Men of Honor, the Notorious B.I.G. biopic Notorious and, more recently, the Dwayne Johnson action movie Faster.

He is repped by CAA and the Gotham Group.