Friday, July 1, 2011

Movie News: Award-winning Actor buys right to classic YA novel

The Giver
This week Academy Award-winning actor Jeff Bridges and producer Nikki Silver bought rights to produce the film adaptation of the classic dystopian novel, The Giver, by Lois Lowry. 

Lately, everything that Bridges seems to touch turns to gold – for example, his Western blockbuster True Grit (2010), award-winning performance in Crazy Heart (2009), and the smash hit Iron Man (2008), in which he played the villain.  Throughout his career, Bridges has been nominated for and received numerous awards for his acting, which makes the prospect of him starring in The Giver as the “Giver” so exciting. 

Movie adaptations often fall short of the original works and with a novel that has resonated with so many people in the last decade, it is crucial to honor that work and keep its integrity.  With the acting talents of Bridges and a well-written script by Vadim Perelman (who wrote, directed, and produced the screen adaptation of House of Sand and Fog), this film has the makings of a quality film and will hopefully be a credit to the original novel.  I am definitely looking forward to it!

For more information, check out the following article from Variety:

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