One of my favorite reads of 2012 is finally making some headway on its journey to the big screen, with the announcement today that Derek Cianfrance will be directing The Light Between Oceans, based on the debut novel by Australian writer ML Stedman.
The story is a beautiful and heartbreaking tale set in the 1920s about a young newlywed couple who live alone on a remote island off the Aussie coastline while caring for the lighthouse. Just as their umpteenth attempt to have a child fails, a boat washes ashore carrying a dead man and a live infant. Well, you can probably guess what happens next, but suffice to say it gets messy for everyone involved.
Cianfrance, who helmed Blue Valentine and The Place Beyond the Pines with sensitivity and gravitas, is such a perfect choice for this material and the book felt quite cinematic with bleak, gorgeous settings, even on the page, so this has quickly shot up my most anticipated list.
On a related note, Cianfrance’s frequent collaborator Ryan Gosling would be an easy fit for the lead role of Tom Sherbourne if the duo want to work together one more time.