Versatile actor Jeff Bridges has been pegged to star in the film adaption of The Giver, the young adult novel that Bridges and producer Nikki Silver have been trying to make for years.
The rights to the work of fiction recently became available, after previously being held by Warner Bros., and the project looks like it might finally get off the ground. Screenwriter Vadim Perelman has been rumored as the one to write the script.
Bridges reportedly saw his father, late actor Lloyd Bridges, in the starring role when he initially conceived of a film adaptation, but not it appears that he will star in the film himself.
“I originally thought of the role of the Giver as a vehicle for my father, the late Lloyd Bridges, however, at 61-years-old I feel the time is right for me to do it,” said Bridges.
The plot of The Giver follows a boy who lives in a futuristic society where no one has any recollection of human history. The boy is chosen to become “the Giver” and, as such, inherit a wide range of human emotions.
Unsurprisingly, the idea of a young adult novel about a futuristic society being adapted into a film is one that Hollywood will have no problem getting behind right now. The parallels to The Hunger Games are obvious and that particular film looks set to break a lot of box office records.