Lasse Hallstrom helming Nicholas Sparks’ SAFE HAVEN

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
June 3rd, 2011

Because that’s exactly what we need - another Nicholas Sparks adaptation from the man behind DEAR JOHN.

Deadlinehas revealed that JOHN director Lasse Hallstrom has been tapped to direct the upcoming Relativity-backed take on Sparks’ novel Safe Haven. The film apparently takes the spot of the long-gestating transgendered drama, THE DANISH GIRL, which the director bailed on recently.

The story “follows a young North Carolina woman who is determined to avoid forming personal ties until a series of events draws her into two reluctant relationships. As she begins to fall in love, she struggles with a dark secret that still haunts and terrifies her.” Toss in some paranormal bits and you have your run-of-the-mill Sparks story, but with as much of a twist as that guy can do.

HAVEN is set to bow on June 1, 2012, so the film should be getting into production relatively quickly, not boasting well for Hallstrom’s long-talked about THE HYPNOTIST. He should be able to shoot SALMON FISHING IN YEMEN soon, so that should be able to be shot before HAVEN. 

That said, this one sounds horribly uninteresting. As an admitted Sparks detractor, I’m automatically turned off by his work, but hopefully this can do something interesting and something to change that as a whole.

What do you think?

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