The actor-producer had tried to mount an adaptation years ago with producer Nikki Silver, before Warner Bros. obtained the rights in 2007. Jeff Bridges and Nikki Silver have recently picked up the rights and will produce with On Screen Entertainment. Vadim Perelman (House of Sand and Fog) will adapt the screenplay.
The story is set in a utopian society where all the memories of human history have been erased. A young boy is assigned to be The Giver of his community, a task which requires him to bear all of his community's past experiences and emotions, in case a time comes when they will be of use. The 12-year-old boy is taken under the wing of the town's current, elderly Giver, when he begins to question this new lifestyle. Here's what Jeff Bridges had to say about the project, which he at one time envisioned for his father, Lloyd Bridges, to play the title role.
"I originally thought of the role of The Giver as a vehicle for my father, the late Lloyd Bridges, however, at 61 years old I feel the time is right for me to do it."
No production schedule was given for The Giver at this time. Jeff Bridges and Nikki Silver came close to making The Giver back in 2006, when Fox Searchlight nearly green lit the project, which Vadim Perelman would have wrote and directed.
The Giver was released August 15th, 2014 and stars Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Brenton Thwaites, Alexander Skarsgård, Katie Holmes, Odeya Rush, Cameron Monaghan, Taylor Swift. The film is directed by Phillip Noyce.