'Black Rain' Scribe Tackling Nicholas Sparks' 'The Longest Ride' (Exclusive)

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Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey, best known for "The Twilight Saga," are producing for Fox 2000.

Craig Bolotin, the veteran screenwriter who wrote the 1989 Ridley Scott-Michael Douglas thriller Black Rain, has been tapped to pen the adaptation of Nicholas Sparks' latest novel, The Longest Ride, for Fox 2000.

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

The book’s story runs on two tracks that ultimately converge. One focuses on an elderly man who lies trapped in a car accident. While fighting to remain conscious, he 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.

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The book is due to hit stores in mid-September. Fox picked up the rights to the title in February for a reported $5 million.

Bolotin recently adapted Hilary Mantel's Eight Months on Ghazzah Street, which Michael Apted is attached to direct. He is repped by Gersh and Echo Lake Management.