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George Tillman Jr. Set for The Longest Ride
He wants to tackle a Nicholas Sparks adaptation

18 March 2014  |  Written by James White  |  Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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George Tillman likes to jump around the genres. His last film was coming-of-age drama The Inevitable Defeat Of Mister & Pete (which has yet to see a UK release) and before that Dwayne Johnson thriller Faster. Next up on his roster? Nicholas Sparks adaptation The Longest Ride for Fox.

Admittedly, this one sounds a little different to Sparks' usual romantic stock-in-trade, though there will be some elements of that. Black Rain writer Craig Bolotin has adapted the book, which follows two converging stories. One is about an elderly man trapped in a car accident who is clinging to life. As he swims in and out of consciousness, he sees visions of his dead wife and their married life. In another plot, a high school senior meets a young bull ride who harbours a secret.

The Longest Ride, which arrived in bookstores last September after is just the latest Sparks book to trundle onto the cinematic conveyer belt. Michael Hoffman is working on The Best Of Me, which is due later this year.


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