Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine, The Place Beyond The Pines) has landed on an adaptation of M.L. Stedman’s novel, The Light Between Oceans, as his next entry in his ever-growing body of “feel good” cinematic works.  I might be kidding about that last part, but the only way you’ll know is if you get off your ass and watch his existing work.  The project is set up at DreamWorks Studios and is being produced by David Heyman and Jeffrey Clifford.

The novel tales the tale of “a lighthouse keeper and his wife living on a remote Australian island in the years following the end of the first World War.  The pair are soon faced with a moral dilemma when a boat washes up on their with a dead man and a two-year-old. They raise the child as their own with devastating consequences.”

“We certainly believe [Cianfrance] can make a modern epic from M.L.’s poignant novel and will be able to capture the great epic sweep and emotional honestly of this story.”Stacy Snyder, DreamWorks head exec

While I haven’t read the source material, she’s not wrong.  Despite the fact that I know I’m probably in for a healthy amount of soul-crushing drama, I’m in.  Cianfrance has more than earned my trust and it will be interesting to see what comes of this venture.  There’s no word on when this might move forward, but I’m assuming Derek will want to put his stamp on the script (if one even exists yet), so any shooting before early 2014 seems unlikely.  I’d expect a late 2014/early 2015 release.  Don’t be too surprised if he ropes one of his pals Ryan Gosling or Bradley Cooper for the lead either.

There’s no word on his other in-progress project, Metalhead, at this time.  The project centers on a heavy metal drummer who is going deaf and has been shooting off-and-on for awhile now, with production dependent on the band Jucifer’s touring schedule.  The last update he gave seemed to point towards a 2015 release at the earliest, so I’d expect to see The Light Between Oceans grace the silver screen first.