It looks like Jeff Bridges’ The Giver could finally be coming to life.
Weinstein Co. and Walden Media’s adaptation of Lois Lowry’s famous novel has been stuck in development for two decades after the rights were purchased by the actor, who originally envisioned it for his father. Now, casting has begun and the project is gaining momentum, according to The Wrap.
While Bridges is set to star in the title role, the character of 12-year-old protagonist Jonas is still up for grabs, with Nick Robinson (The Kings of Summer), Tye Sheridan (Mud), Kodi Smit-McPhee (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), Dylan Minnette (Let Me In), Brenton Thwaites (Maleficent), Miles Heizer (Parenthood) and Man of Steel’s Dylan Sprayberry are all being considered.
The YA novel is set in a dystopian society where there are no choices and human emotion does not exist. At 12, Jonas is assigned to be a Receiver, and through special training from the Giver, Jonas learns the truth of the pleasures and pains of human existence and confronts the lies of his society. However, Jonas’ taste for freedom ultimately leads him to become an outcast.
Vadim Perelman (House of Sand and Fog) wrote the most recent draft of the script and was eyed to direct back in 2006, but now, Phillip Noyce (Salt) is attached to the project. Production could start as early as this fall in South Africa.