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DreamWorks announced Tuesday that it is in exclusive talks for the film rights to M.L. Stedman’s popular novel The Light Between Oceans. David Heyman, who produced the Harry Potter films at Warner Bros., has signed on to produce the project.
Stedman’s novel centers on a lighthouse keeper, his wife and a two-month old baby, who is abandoned on a boat during World War I. The couple, who live on an Australian island, take care of the baby girl and find a dead body in the boat.
“I was deeply affected by M. L. Stedman's powerful and primal story of human choices and their consequences,” Heyman said in a statement, reports The Wrap. “It's a novel which tackles grand emotions, but everything is rooted within an intimate yet universal story of marital and parental love.”
Entertainment Weekly notes that the novel was only released in July and has already become an international bestseller.
It appeared on both USA Today and the New York Times’ bestseller lists. The book was also Amazon’s Best Book of the Month for August.
Heyman’s next project is Alfonso Cuaron’s highly anticipated Gravity, which is slated to be released by Warner Bros. next year. That film stars George Clooney and Sandra Bullock.