Linden has letters for 'Dear John'


New Line Cinema has tapped "We Are Marshall" scribe Jamie Linden to adapt Nicholas Sparks' best-seller "Dear John."

The novel centers on a soldier home on leave who falls for a college girl. Instead of returning home to her, he re-enlists after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Time and distance begin to take a toll on the young lovers.

Channing Tatum is attached to star.

Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey are producing through their studio-based Temple Hill Entertainment shingle.

New Line was the studio behind the romantic drama "The Notebook," which was also based on a Sparks novel. Michele Weiss is overseeing "Dear John" for the studio.

Linden's credits include "Dogs of Babel," which is set up at Mandate Pictures.

He is repped by Paradigm, Magnet Management and attorney Mitch Smelkinson.