The project is actually one of the first scripts M. Night Shyamalan ever sold, with 20th Century Fox buying the screenplay in 1993. However, the project never got off the ground since the writer insisted on directing, and the studio wouldn't let an untested filmmaker take the helm. The script re-surfaced several years ago when Denzel Washington was eyeing the project, but it never materialized until now. Emmett/Furla/Oasis will provide the financing, with IM Global selling the film at the European Film Market in Berlin. 20th Century Fox still owns the screenplay, although deals are currently being worked out and should be finalized next month.
The story follows a Philadelphia book store owner (Bruce Willis) whose life is shattered when the love of his life dies in a tragic accident. A man of few words, he begins to realize that he may never have truly expressed how much he loved her, before she died. After being reminded that she once asked if he would walk across the country for her, he decides to prove it, setting off for a cross-country journey on foot, from Philadelphia to his wife's favorite place in the world, Pacifica, California.
M. Night Shyamalan is also producing alongside his Blinding Edge partner Ashwin Rajan and Emmett/Furla/Oasis' Randall Emmett and George Furla. The producers are eyeing a mid-September production start in Philadelphia.