M.L. Stedman's The Light Between Oceans will be heading to the screen if DreamWorks' deal goes through. The studio's in exclusive talks to pick up the film rights to the bestselling book, although it appears - based on the quotes issued in the press release - it's pretty much a done deal.
The official synopsis: "On a remote Australian island in the years following World War I, a lighthouse keeper and his wife are faced with a moral dilemma when a boat washes ashore with a dead man and a two-month-old infant. When they decide to raise the child as their own, the consequences of their choice are devastating."
Announcing the impending acquisition, DreamWorks co-chairman/CEO Stacey Snider stated: "M.L. Stedman has crafted a visually stunning and emotionally harrowing love story with a confounding moral dilemma at its center. We were completely transfixed by the story and instantly imagined it as a sweeping, classic film. David Heyman is an ideal partner to bring Stedman's story to the screen."
"I was deeply affected by M. L. Stedman's powerful and primal story of human choices and their consequences," added producer David Heyman. "It's a novel which tackles grand emotions, but everything is rooted within an intimate yet universal story of marital and parental love. I am excited to be working with such sympathetic partners in Stacey and the team at DreamWorks."
And the author was quoted as saying: "I'm both thrilled and incredibly honored that filmmakers of the caliber of DreamWorks and David Heyman are combining their brilliance in plans to bring the book to the big screen. I've lost count of the number of readers who have said 'I can't wait to see the novel as a movie!' As a keen film fan, I feel the same."