MRC FILM’S ELIZABETH CANTILLON-LED LABEL ADAPTING NICHOLAS SPARKS’S THE RETURN
MRC Film’s Elizabeth Cantillon-led romance label has optioned Nicholas Sparks’s novel “The Return,” with Cantillon developing and producing the film adaptation.
“The Return,” Sparks’s 21st novel, was published in September 2020 and was an instant #1 New York Times Bestseller, remaining on the Bestseller list for 22 weeks.
Producers: Elizabeth Cantillon, Nicholas Sparks, Theresa Park
Sparks and Park are represented for film and TV by Howie Sanders at Anonymous Content and lawyer Scott E. Schwimer.
Sparks’s publishing rights are represented by Park & Fine Literary and Media.
“The Return” centers on an injured army doctor who moves into his late grandfather’s home in New Bern, NC, where he encounters two women whose secrets will change the course of his life.
Said Cantillon: “I’ve been a fan of Nick’s novels and jumped at the opportunity to acquire ‘The Return.’ Its depiction of an injured veteran in a modern love story is both insightful and sensitive - but most of all hopeful. It’s a great story to tell anytime but especially right now.”
Nicholas Sparks is one of the world’s most beloved storytellers. All of his books have been New York Times bestsellers, with over 105 million copies sold worldwide, in more than 50 languages. Film adaptations of his novels include “The Choice,” “The Longest Ride,” “The Best of Me,” “Safe Haven,” “The Lucky One,” “Message in a Bottle,” “A Walk to Remember,” “The Notebook,” “Nights in Rodanthe,” “Dear John” and “The Last Song,” which have had a cumulative worldwide gross of over three-quarters of a billion dollars. “The Notebook” is also being adapted into a musical, featuring music and lyrics by Ingrid Michaelson.
Cantillon’s romance-focused MRC Film label is in pre-production on “Persuasion,” with Dakota Johnson attached to star for Netflix. The development slate includes: the adaptation of “28 Summers,” based on the bestselling novel from Elin Hilderbrand from writer Allie Hagan; “Photos of You,” based on Tammy Robinson’s novel from writer Tom Dean; and Rebecca Raisin’s “Rosie’s Travelling Tea Shop” produced with Frolic Media from writer Monisha Dadlani. MRC Film recently announced “The Mothership” starring Halle Berry, with Netflix; and most recently released the global box-office hit and Oscar nominated film “Knives Out” from writer/director Rian Johnson and “The Lovebirds” starring Kumail Nanjiani and Issa Rae with Netflix.