It looks like Derek Cianfrance, the director of Blue Valentine and The Place Beyond The Pines, has found his next project. According to The Hollywood Reporter, DreamWorks has hired Derek Cianfrance to direct the adaptation of M.L. Stedman’s 2012 novel The Light Between Oceans. The drama tells the story of a lighthouse keeper in Australia who, along with his wife, raises a young child that washes up on shore.
“With his previous work, Derek has exhibited a deft touch when handling complex and emotional subject matters,” said DreamWorks production president Holly Bario. “With Derek on board to direct, we know the project couldn’t be in more capable hands.”
Here’s the official synopsis of the novel (courtesy of Amazon):
Tom Sherbourne is a lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, a tiny island a half day’s boat journey from the coast of Western Australia. When a baby washes up in a rowboat, he and his young wife Isabel decide to raise the child as their own. The baby seems like a gift from God, and the couple’s reasoning for keeping her seduces the reader into entering the waters of treacherous morality even as Tom–whose moral code withstood the horrors of World War I–begins to waver. M. L. Stedman’s vivid characters and gorgeous descriptions of the solitude of Janus Rock and of the unpredictable Australian frontier create a perfect backdrop for the tale of longing, loss, and the overwhelming love for a child that is The Light Between Oceans.
Judging from the synopsis, this seems like this will be quite the intriguing project. Cianfrance has proven his dramatic filmmaking brilliance with Blue Valentine and The Place Beyond The Pines and this project seems like it’ll be a great follow up. It’s currently unclear whether Cianfrance will write the adaptation or not. Since this will be his first time directing a film for a studio, let’s just hope that he’ll have control. Check back for more updates as they come our way.