Here’s a look at Jonathan Kasdan’s Sundance pic The First Time, a coming-of-age film about a high school romance that takes place over the course of a weekend. Dylan O’Brien, Britt Robertson and Craig Roberts star. The movie opens in limited release October 19th via Samuel Goldwyn Films.
Culver City, CA (March 21, 2012) – Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) announced today they have acquired all U.S. rights and Canadian ancillary rights to Jonathan Kasdan’s teen romancer and 2012 Sundance Film Festival crowd pleaser THE FIRST TIME, produced by Friends with Benefits’ producers Martin Shafer and Liz Glotzer.
EXCLUSIVE: Lawrence Kasdan and bestselling author Harlan Coben are teaming on a feature adaptation of Stay Close, Coben’s latest thriller novel which Dutton will publish March 20. Kasdan, who came to Sundance to watch yesterday’s premiere of son Jonathan Kasdan’s The First Time, will direct the film. Kasdan’s latest, Darling Companion, opens the Santa Barbara Film Festival on January 26th. In Stay Close, a past crime returns to devastate the lives of a photojournalist, a suburban mother with a hidden past, and a homicide detective obsessed with a series of unsolved disappearances. The Hitchcockian thriller plunges all three into a dark world of sex, secrets and shocking violence.
Both Coben and Kasdan told me that they expect to have a script ready by the time the book is published. It’s not the usual way a book by a big author like Coben is brokered. But despite the fact his last four novels debuted atop The New York Times Bestseller list, the only movie adaption of Coben’s work was 2006’s Tell No One, and that was a French film directed by Guillaume Canet. It wasn’t until after that film’s success that Warner Bros acquired remake rights, with Ben Affleck attached to direct, Chris Terrio writing and Kennedy/Marshall producing. All Coben’s books have been optioned repeatedly, only to languish in development hell.
“Everybody told me I was crazy to make that deal with Guillaume, …