Zac Efron set for The Lucky One based on the Nicholas Sparks novel
Posted by: Brad Sturdivant
Zac Efron is the kind of star that’s made for a Nicholas Sparks adaptation. Efron has a tendency to look like he’s about to cry, even when he’s happy. So that overly dramatic feel will serve him well in what is presumably an overly sappy Sparks novel. In THE LUCKY ONE, Efron will play a marine that’s searching for a mysterious woman that was in a photograph he carried with him while serving in Iraq. I haven’t read the book, but I’m guessing there’s a tragic ending in there and things don’t work out for everyone involved.
Scott Hicks will be directing the feature and Denise Di Novi will be producing for Warner Brothers. This will be the fourth Sparks novel she’s produced with the others being NIGHTS IN RODANTHE, A WALK TO REMEMBER and MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE. I’m not sure I trust her judgment when it comes to Sparks’s work considering those are arguably the three weakest of all his novels.