‘The Place Beyond the Pines’ Director Derek Cianfrance to Helm ‘The Light Between Oceans’

By September 3, 2013

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In many of the films he’s made thus far in his career, director Derek Cianfrance has explored themes of family and masculinity. It should come as no surprise, then, that he’ll be doing something similar with his next movie. Variety reports that Cianfrance – who helmed the epic crime saga The Place Beyond the Pines that was released earlier this year – will direct DreamWorks’ The Light Between Oceans.

Based on the novel by first-time writer M.L. Stedman, the film is set after World War I and tells the story of a lighthouse keeper and his wife who discover a dead man and an infant who wash up on shore. Here’s the full synopsis from Amazon:

After four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a day’s journey from the coast. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes once a season, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby’s cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby.

Tom, who keeps meticulous records and whose moral principles have withstood a horrific war, wants to report the man and infant immediately. But Isabel insists the baby is a “gift from God,” and against Tom’s judgment, they claim her as their own and name her Lucy. When she is two, Tom and Isabel return to the mainland and are reminded that there are other people in the world. Their choice has devastated one of them.

Sounds very much up Cianfrance’s alley, especially the notion of a man and his wife disagreeing. This is the same man who directed the heart-wrenching Blue Valentine, after all. The Place Beyond the Pines dealt primarily with how the consequences of a father’s actions can shape a son’s life, and this project sounds like it has similar thematic topics when these would-be parents take in the infant to raise as their own. And could we see Ryan Gosling as the male lead? He’s been a nice collaborator with the director over the past few years. Time will tell, and we’ll be here with an update when we find out who’s been cast.

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