George C. Wolfe, the director of Nights in Rodanthe reveals all about working with Richard Gere and Diane Lane
Richard Gere and Diane Lane found themselves reunited on screen again this weekend in the romantic drama “Nights in Rodanthe,” based on the Nicholas Sparks best-selling novel about two people who discover there is always a second chance to find the love of your life.
“This is a story about people discovering there is an Act Two in their lives,” says director George C. Wolfe. It’s an apt theatrical reference that comes naturally to Wolfe, a renowned stage director, writer and producer with two Tony Awards to his credit, making his feature film directorial debut with “Nights in Rodanthe.”
“People go through a good portion of their lives making decisions and choices that are either good or bad, right or wrong, and they often feel that the state to which it brings them is permanent,” he says. “It’s as if they reach a certain point and say, ‘Okay, this is my life; this is what I made of it and this is all I get.'”
“But what happens as we embark upon the second half of our lives?” asks producer Denise Di Novi. “Do we find love? Do we find our soul mates if we haven’t found them yet, or if we found them and lost them? People are always discovering new interests and new facets of themselves. The idea of finding a soul mate in the middle of the journey is not so unusual; sometimes it takes that long and sometimes it happens when you least expect it. The dream of finding true love doesn’t end at 25. That’s the message of ‘Nights in Rodanthe’ and I believe many people can relate to that and will be inspired by it.”