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Derek Cianfrance to direct The Light Between Oceans for Dreamworks

Sep. 3, 2013by:
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Derek Cianfrance has found his first directorial effort through a major studio with THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS for Dreamworks. David Heyman of the HARRY POTTER franchise will produce via his Heydey Films banner. This marks the biggest project for the BLUE VALENTINE and THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES director.

Cianfrance has a very lyrical and haunting quality to his filmmaking which has served him well in the independent feeling films he has made so far. I am sure the subject matter of THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS fits with the same story elements in his two most recent films:

Author M.L. Stedmanís debut novel and international bestseller is about a lighthouse keeper and his wife who find a boat washed ashore on their remote Australian island with a dead man and a baby girl. They choose to bury the body and raise the child as their own, with devastating consequences.

I wanted so badly to like THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES but ended up liking sections of it. It did not live up to the originality of BLUE VALENTINE. One thing consistent was the appearance of Ryan Gosling who was good in both movies. It remains to be seen if Gosling will join Cianfrance's next film, but I really don't want to hear the guy butcher an Australian accent.

I would be willing to bet that Dreamworks will position THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS as an Oscar caliber film so keep an eye out for some casting news as the project progresses.

Source: Deadline

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7:14PM on 09/05/2013

2 Aussie actors that immediately come to mind...

Joel Edgerton and Jason Clarke.
Joel Edgerton and Jason Clarke.
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5:43AM on 09/04/2013
Felt exactly the same about The Place Beyond the Pines. It's exactly my kind of film and I wanted to love it but alas, it didn't quite gel with me either. Blue Valentine is held up by magnificent performances but beyond that there's not there.
Felt exactly the same about The Place Beyond the Pines. It's exactly my kind of film and I wanted to love it but alas, it didn't quite gel with me either. Blue Valentine is held up by magnificent performances but beyond that there's not there.
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10:16PM on 09/03/2013

Sounds right up his alley

Blue Valentine and The Place Beyond the Pines are both emotional provocative films that have great character relationships that make you tear up on the simply rawness of the performances. I think this story has his name written all over it. My only question is will he reunite with Gosling again?
Blue Valentine and The Place Beyond the Pines are both emotional provocative films that have great character relationships that make you tear up on the simply rawness of the performances. I think this story has his name written all over it. My only question is will he reunite with Gosling again?
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6:17PM on 09/03/2013

Great news

Only caught up with last two films recently but thought they were fantastic and really spoke to me on a personal level (which is probably they're power for most people). Excited to see what he can do with studio support.
Only caught up with last two films recently but thought they were fantastic and really spoke to me on a personal level (which is probably they're power for most people). Excited to see what he can do with studio support.
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3:37PM on 09/03/2013
The guy is a brilliant director. Loved both Blue Valentine and The Place Beyond The Pines (in my top three of favorite films of 2013) and thought both films were great with excellent directing and writing.

Can't wait to see what he does with this film. After Blue Valentine and Place Beyond The Pines, I will see anything the man directs.
The guy is a brilliant director. Loved both Blue Valentine and The Place Beyond The Pines (in my top three of favorite films of 2013) and thought both films were great with excellent directing and writing.

Can't wait to see what he does with this film. After Blue Valentine and Place Beyond The Pines, I will see anything the man directs.
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