Following the Valentine's Day weekend success of Safe Haven, author Nicholas Sparks has signed a deal to bring another one of his books to the silver screen. Fox 2000 has acquired the rights to Nicholas Sparks' upcoming novel The Longest Ride, with the adaptation being fast-tracked to potentially be ready for release on Valentine's Day 2015.
Fox 2000 beat out Relativity Media and Warner Bros. in an intense bidding war, with the studio shelling out a whopping $5 million for the film rights, which is believed to be one of the largest book deals in years. Safe Haven and Twilight producers Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen will produce through their Temple Hill Entertainment company, along with Theresa Park. Here's what Nicholas Sparks had to say about the deal.
"I am delighted to embark on my first film with Fox 2000. I've long been an admirer of Elizabeth Gabler and her commitment to developing books with integrity and passion. I can't overstate my excitement at partnering with such an able and well-regarded studio."
Fox 2000 president Elizabeth Gabler also released the following statement.
"It has been a dream of ours for many years to bring one of Nicholas Sparks' books to life as a film. We are elated that this dream has finally been realized with The Longest Ride. This wonderful novel captures the finest elements we seek for our films - an incredible story about love and the strength of the human spirit. We look forward to a wonderful partnership with Nicholas and Theresa."
The Longest Road, which will be published on September 24, 2013, is separated into two different love stories. The plot begins with a 90-year-old stuck in his car after a major crash. He begins seeing visions of his late lover, and the life they had built together. The other story follows a young bull rider who falls in love with a college history major, despite coming from different backgrounds. A mysterious occurrence brings both of these couples together.