Hallstrom to Make Sparks’ Dear John

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Lasse Hallstrom is set to direct Channing Tatum (upcoming G.I. Joe) in Dear John, a Nicholas Sparks book adaptation that starts production in September, reports Variety.

Tatum stars as a soldier who, while home on leave, falls for a conservative college student.

Relativity Media will fully finance the film, while Sony’s Screen Gems will distribute domestically and in a few other territories.

Dear John is being sold at Cannes with two other Relativity-financed films: the Simon West-directed Vin Diesel starrer Executive Order 6, and the Samuel Bayer-directed Scarlett Johansson starrer Brilliant.

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