Ryan Kavanaugh’s Relativity Media has acquired feature rights to Nicholas Sparks’ upcoming novel “Safe Haven,” reports Variety. The company has set up the project with Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey of Temple Hill Entertainment, who will produce along with Kavanaugh and Sparks. Relativity’s Tucker Tooley will executve produce.
The book, to be released on September 14 by Grand Central Publishing, is described as follows:
When a mysterious young woman named Katie appears in the small North Carolina town of Southport, her sudden arrival raises questions about her past. Beautiful yet self-effacing, Katie seems determined to avoid forming personal ties until a series of events draws her into two reluctant relationships: one with Alex, a widowed store owner with a kind heart and two young children; and another with her plainspoken single neighbor, Jo. Despite her reservations, Katie slowly begins to let down her guard, putting down roots in the close-knit community and becoming increasingly attached to Alex and his family.
But even as Katie begins to fall in love, she struggles with the dark secret that still haunts and terrifies her… a past that set her on a fearful, shattering journey across the country, to the sheltered oasis of Southport. With Jo’s empathic and stubborn support, Katie eventually realizes that she must choose between a life of transient safety and one of riskier rewards… and that in the darkest hour, love is the only true safe haven.
Sparks’ novels have been turned into numerous films, including Message in a Bottle, A Walk to Remember, Nights in Rodanthe, The Notebook, The Last Song, and upcoming The Lucky One.