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With ‘The Choice,’ the Nicholas Sparks Movie Empire Grows Close to Marvel Size

2 September 2014 3:00 PM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

There’s some obscure (and possibly occult) law that if enough people sob at a movie, their tears will fertilize a new film empire. It’s why James Cameron stopped making regular action movies and started putting out three-hour epics like Titanic and Avatar, all designed around jerking as many tears as possible. This would also explain the alleged reports that Cameron showed up during random screenings of Titanic to dab at people’s tears with a wad of hundreds and chuckle menacingly to himself. Nicholas Sparks did the same thing with The Notebook. He got the requisite number of sobs, and now he’s set for life. Along with this year’s The Best of Me and next year’s The Longest Ride, yet another film based on one of his novels is now in the works. Variety reports Sparks’s novel “The Choice” will be adapted into a feature by Ross Katz, whose »

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Nicholas Sparks Adaptation 'The Choice' Gets Director Ross Katz

2 September 2014 12:20 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Ross Katz has signed on to direct the Nicholas Sparks adaptation The Choice for Lionsgate, which is scheduled to begin production this October in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Published in 2007, Nicholas Sparks' The Choice follows a man and a woman who first meet as neighbors in a coastal town in North Carolina, whose relationship blossoms into a romance neither of them imagined would happen.

Bryan Sipe is writing the adapted screenplay, with the author producing through his new Nicholas Sparks Productions company, alongside Theresa Park and Peter Safran.

The project marks the 11th Nicholas Sparks novel to be adapted for a feature film, joining other hit adaptations such as Message in a Bottle, A Walk to Remember, The Notebook, Dear John, The Lucky One and last year's Safe Haven. The author currently has two adaptations in post-production, The Best of Me and The Longest Ride.

Ross Katz made his directorial »

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Directors: Ross Katz To Helm Nicholas Spark Pic 'The Choice,' Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, John Moore & More With New Gigs

2 September 2014 11:47 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Well, here's something we weren't expecting. Ross Katz — a filmmaker who got good notices with his HBO flick "Taking Chance," is heading to Tiff with "Adult Beginners," and produced "In The Bedroom," "Lost In Translation" and "Marie Antoinette" — is now taking on a Nicholas Sparks property. Katz will direct an adaptation of the author's "The Choice," which tells the story of "Travis Parker and Gabby Holland, who meet first as neighbors in a small coastal town and end up pursuing a relationship that neither could have foreseen." Obviously. Production will begin in October. Juan Carlos Fresnadillo ("28 Weeks Later") is heading over to Fox to work on "The Last Witness." He'll develop the project — "a ticking-clock thriller about the lone survivor of a bomb attack in Boston" — with the idea he'll also direct, and will work off a script from Stefan Jaworski ("Those Who »

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Katz To Helm Sparks Adaptation "The Choice"

2 September 2014 10:46 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Ross Katz ("Adult Beginners," "Taking Chance") is set to direct the movie adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ 2007 novel "The Choice" for Nicholas Sparks Productions, The Safran Company and Lionsgate.

The story follows a man and a woman who meet first as neighbors in a small coastal town in North Carolina and end up pursuing a relationship that neither could have foreseen.

Bryan Sipe has written the screenplay and filming begins in October in Wilmington, North Carolina. Sparks, Theresa Park and Peter Safran are producing what will be the eleventh Sparks novel to be adapted.

Source: Variety »

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Nicholas Sparks’ ‘The Choice’ Sets Ross Katz as Director (Exclusive)

2 September 2014 8:28 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Ross Katz (“Adult Beginners”) has come on board to direct the movie adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ novel “The Choice.”

Sparks is producing with Theresa Park and Peter Safran. Production companies Nicholas Sparks Productions and The Safran Company (“The Conjuring”) are producing and financing the film.

Lionsgate acquired the North American and U.K. distribution rights in June. The project is set to begin shooting in October in Wilmington, N.C.

The Choice,” published in 2007, tells the story of a man and a woman who meet first as neighbors in a small coastal town in North Carolina and end up pursuing a relationship that neither could have foreseen. Bryan Sipe has written the screenplay.

Nicholas Sparks Productions recently announced the acquisition of Gale Sayers’ life and memoir rights for a feature film to be co-produced with Michael Costigan.

Katz made his feature film directorial debut in 2009 with HBO’s “Taking Chance. »

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Ross Katz Will Make The Choice

2 September 2014 4:30 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

You might think that Marvel are the masters of building movie franchises, but Nicholas Sparks’ romance novels and the industry around them is a rival in terms of output. The latest film to be adapted from one of his stories is The Choice, and Ross Katz has been hired to direct it.Katz, who recently made his second film (this year’s comedy drama Adult Beginners, following Kevin Bacon-starring TV movie Taking Chance), will put aside the various other projects he has in development to focus on the latest output from the Sparks production line.The Choice hit shelves in April 2009 and focuses on Travis Parker, a man who would appear to be living the perfect live. He has a good job, great friends and the ideal living situation in a beautiful waterfront North Carolina home. Where women are concerned, he’s quite content to be the love-‘em-and-leave- »

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Emma Watson and Miles Teller Circle 'La La Land'

5 June 2014 5:33 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Emma Watson and Miles Teller are in early talks to star in writer-director Damien Chazelle's musical La La Land. Miles Teller starred in Damien Chazelle's breakthrough Sundance hit Whiplash, which took home both the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award.

The story centers on a lonely, aspiring actress (Emma Watson), desperately trying to find her way in Los Angeles, who meets a jazz pianist named Sebastian (Miles Teller). While they both quickly fall for one another, they soon realize that balancing their artistic endeavors and a romantic relationship is not as easy as they thought.

The Wrap managed to obtain Damien Chazelle's "lookbook" for the movie, which includes the following statement about the story from the filmmaker.

"I'd like to make a contemporary musical about L.A., starting with the L.A. we know but slowly building to a vision of the city as romantic metropolis-one that »

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As Gay Athletes Take Field, Ross Katz Boards ‘Out At Home’, Story Of First Gay Ballplayer Glenn Burke

3 March 2014 11:27 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: Ross Katz, who produced The Laramie Project and the superb HBO pic Taking Chance, has signed on to write Out At Home: The Glenn Burke Story. He joins Juma Entertainment’s Jamie Lee Curtis and Robert Horowitz as producers of the film that tells the story of Los Angeles Dodgers and Oakland A’s player Burke, who was honest with his teammates and management that he was gay at a time in the 1970s when such a revelation was unheard of. It’s still perilous today, though the Brooklyn Nets’ Jason Collins just became the first openly gay player to play on a major pro sports roster, and 2013 SEC co-defensive player of the year Michael Sam is preparing to enter the NFL draft as football’s first openly gay player. I have been surprised by the level of discussion on Espn, where some ex-jocks expect Sam’s draft stock »


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Trollhunter Director Andre Ovredal and Martin Sheen Team for The Autopsy of Jane Doe

6 February 2014 11:30 AM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Goldcrest Films released some pretty nifty casting news today as Martin Sheen has signed on for André Øvredal's (Trollhunter) next film, The Autopsy of Jane Doe. Read on for the latest.

Sheen will play Tommy, a mortician who is tasked with performing an autopsy on a beautiful young “Jane Doe.” The flick will be based on an original screenplay by Ian Goldberg and Richard Naing.

The Autopsy of Jane Doe is produced by Fred Berger (Taking Chance) and Eric Garcia (Matchstick Men) under their Impostor Pictures banner alongside Rory Aitken and Ben Pugh of 42 (Welcome to the Punch, Monsters: Dark Continent). Goldcrest’s Nick Quested and Pascal Degove are serving as executive producers.


Set in a small-town, family-owned mortuary, the film follows father and son coroners who receive a mysterious homicide victim – a beautiful young “Jane Doe.” As they attempt to figure out how she died and who she is, »

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Martin Sheen to lead Øvredal horror

5 February 2014 11:13 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Apocalypse Now star to lead cast on Goldcrest horror.

Martin Sheen is to star in psychological horror The Autopsy of Jane Doe, director Andre Øvredal¹s anticipated follow-up to Troll Hunter.

Goldcrest will be talking to buyers at the Efm about the 2013 Blacklist and Bloodlist project which is due to shoot this summer in London, with additional casting underway.

Apocalypse Now and The West Wing star Sheen will play Tommy, a small-town mortician who receives a mysterious homicide victim ­ a beautiful young “Jane Doe”, with no apparent cause of death.  

Based on an original screenplay by Ian Goldberg and Richard Naing, producers are Fred Berger (Taking Chance) and Eric Garcia (Matchstick Men) under their Impostor Pictures banner alongside Rory Aitken and Ben Pugh of 42 (Welcome to the Punch).

Goldcrest’s Nick Quested and Pascal Degove are executive producers with Goldcrest Post handling picture and sound post production. Sheen is repped by ICM.

Øvredal told Screen: »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Why Elisabeth Moss and Kerry Washington lost SAG Awards

18 January 2014 8:17 PM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

I warned you that Elisabeth Moss (“Top of the Lake”) would not win Best TV Movie/Mini Actress at the SAG Awards. Three-quarters of you were predicting she would add this trophy to her Golden Globe. But she was competing against four past Oscar winners and nominees. Helen Mirren (“Phil Spector”) beat Moss and joins Glenn Close (“The Lion in Winter,” 2004), Kevin Kline (“As You Like It,” 2007), Queen Latifah (“Life Support,” 2007), Kevin Bacon (“Taking Chance,” 2009), Drew Barrymore (“Grey Gardens,” 2009) and Paul Giamatti (“Too Big to Fail,” 2011) as someone who prevailed at SAG but not the Emmys for their movie/mini performances.  Tme and again SAG voters have chosen the name that is most familiar to them and do not necessarily account for the actual work nominated.   At the Emmys, there is a separate viewing panel for each award and judges must »

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