Nicholas Sparks wrote the suspenseful romantic thriller novel Safe Haven and it will become a movie in 2013. The book got great reviews; Sparks says the movie is more than he expected and is very pleased; and we get to see it next year. How good is that!
If you are one of television’s Dancing with the Stars fans, as I am, you well know the charming and talented Julianne Hough who will play Katie Feldman, a mysterious woman who comes to a small town in North Carolina but distances herself initially from the folks of this close knit community. She left her past and her real name behind her, but old baggage has followed her, raising questions by the people in the town. Slowly she struggles to love anew and steps up to a relationship with Alex who is a recent widower with two small kids. To make love work, she must believe in its power despite the thriller aspects of the novel.
Cobie Smulders, a Canadian actress who has many credits in film and TV, plays Jo who is Katie’s new friend and kindhearted neighbor who must guide Katie to accepting the risks of a new loving relationship despite her drunken, controlling, and abusive police officer ex-husband finding her. Will Katie take flight or recognize that her new life and love is her new safe haven?
The screenplay was written by Leslie Bohem and Dana Stevens, the film directed by Lasse Hallstrom, and produced by Temple Hill Productions.
Josh Duhamel (his wife is superstar Fergie) stars as Alex. David Lyons plays Kevin Tierney who is Katie’s former husband. Noah Lomas and Mimi Kirkland play Josh and Kristen, respectively, as Alex’s children.
The movie began filming in June of 2012 at Wilmington and Southport NC and has moved to the post production stage now. There is even a special effects scene when the ex-hubby decides to burn down a general store building on the set that is located near 140 year old oak trees. The oaks had to be part of the scene, but not damaged by fire at all. The special effects crew worked four weeks to stage the fire with 14 fire boxes and 1200 pounds of propane gas worth about $5000. The illusion works extremely well per special effects supervisor, David Fletcher. Nice!
Seven of Nicholas Sparks’ books have been made into movies, which is quite an honor and a proven record of movie success: The Lucky One (2012), The Last Song, Dear John, Nights in Rodanthe, The Notebook, A Walk to Remember, and Message In A Bottle. The Message in A Bottle movie was the first one of the Sparks movies that I personally saw, twice! Hope to want to see this one twice also. That would be a true winner for me.
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