Nicholas Sparks, author of romance novels such as The Notebook, A Walk to Remember, Dear John, and The Last Song, is collaborating with Universal Pictures to produce three feature films.
The films will be based on some of his recent novels, including “The Wish,” a sentimental story about first love. During the pandemic alone, Sparks released “The Return” which was published in September 2020 and was recently selected for the film, as well as “The Wish” which was released in September 2021. His 23rd novel will be “Dreamland” published in September 2022.
Tuesday’s announcement comes as part of a first-look production agreement between Sparks and Universal.
Zack Hayden will produce “The Wish” on behalf of Anonymous Content with the supervision of Anonymous Content CEO Dawn Olmstead and CCO David Levin. They will work alongside Sparks’ long-time literary agent and collaborator Theresa Park, as well as Universal Pictures’ Vice President of Production Development Lexi Barta.
“Nick Sparks’ evocative novels have been a beloved cultural touchstone, with strong characters and powerful themes that make them ideal for a cinematic adaptation,” said Peter Kramer, president of Universal Pictures. “We are honored to partner with Nick, Theresa and Anonymous Content on these new films, which we know will build on his successful track record of capturing the attention of audiences around the world.”
Since Sparks wrote his first novel, “The Notebook” in 1996, 11 of his books have been adapted into feature films. These films, including “The Notebook” with Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams, “A Walk to Remember” starring Mandy Moore, “Dear John” starring Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried, and “The Last Song” with Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth, totaled Its combined earnings are over $750 million at the global box office.
His work is no longer restricted to page and screen. A Broadway musical version of “The Notebook” is currently in development from producers Kevin McCollum and Kurt Deutsch, with music and lyrics penned by Ingrid Michelson and Beck Brønstetter.
“Nicolas Sparks has given us more than 20 novels and nearly as many films, each of which brilliantly evokes every potential human emotion,” said Anonymous Content CEO Dawn Olmstead. “Through page and screen, he draws readers and viewers deeply into the lives of these characters and more than ever, we need these stories and feel deeply connected to their themes of love, family, hardship and resilience. We are thrilled to collaborate with him, Teresa and the team at Universal to bring you more of these epic love stories. to the masses.”
Sparks, whose previous films have been distributed by New Line Cinema, Lionsgate, Disney, 20th Century and Warner Bros. Working with Universal Pictures is a “dream”.
“The author could not ask for better producing partners than ‘Anonymous Content,’ whose taste and history in award-winning film and television is indisputable. Zack, David, and Don are as smart and sophisticated as they come,” Sparks said. It has always been my dream to have my movie adaptations in Universal Pictures – they truly are the gold standard, and are known for high quality dramas of all kinds. As for the old CEOs Donna Langley and Peter Kramer, their class, reputation, and success speak for themselves.”
Park has previously co-starred with Sparks in the feature films “The Best Of Me”, “The Longest Ride” and “The Choice”, all based on Sparks’ novels. Literary agent and co-founder of Park and Fine Literary and Media in New York City, she is also the director of Per Capita Productions. Separately, under the Per Capita banner, Park produced “After Yang”, which debuted at the Cannes Film Festival in 2021. She also produced “Bones and All”, director Luca Guadagnino’s first feature film in the United States.
Sparks is represented by Howie Sanders, Co-Chair of Anonymous Media Content Rights, Park & Fine Literary and Media, and Scott Schwimer Esq.