Deadline has received word that Warner Bros Pictures is to continue its love of all things Nicholas Sparks by moving ahead with a feature adaptation of ‘The Notebook’ author’s 2011 bestseller ‘Best of Me,’ with plans to attach Michael Hoffman (‘Gambit,’ ‘The Last Station,’ ‘One Fine Day’) as director.
Scripting the adaptation for the studio will be screenwriter Will Fetters. The scribe penned the studio’s previous Sparks adaptation ‘The Lucky One.’
A detailed synopsis of ‘Best of Me’ can be found below.
“In the spring of 1984, high school students Amanda Collier and Dawson Cole fell deeply, irrevocably in love. Though they were from opposite sides of the tracks, their love for one another seemed to defy the realities of life in the small town of Oriental, North Carolina. But as the summer of their senior year came to a close, unforeseen events would tear the young couple apart, setting them on radically divergent paths.
Now, twenty-five years later, Amanda and Dawson are summoned back to Oriental for the funeral of Tuck Hostetler, the mentor who once gave shelter to their high school romance. Neither has lived the life they imagined . . . and neither can forget the passionate first love that forever changed their lives. As Amanda and Dawson carry out the instructions Tuck left behind for them, they realize that everything they thought they knew — about Tuck, about themselves, and about the dreams they held dear — was not as it seemed. Forced to confront painful memories, the two former lovers will discover undeniable truths about the choices they have made. And in the course of a single, searing weekend, they will ask of the living, and the dead: Can love truly rewrite the past?”
Sparks will serve as producer on the adaptation alongside Denise DiNovi and Theresa Park.