The Best of Me (film)

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The Best of Me
The Best of Me poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Michael Hoffman
Produced by Justin Burns
Denise Di Novi
Alison Greenspan
Ryan Kavanaugh
Nicholas Sparks
Written by Will Fetters
J. Mills Goodloe
Michael Hoffman
Based on The Best of Me 
by Nicholas Sparks
Starring James Marsden
Michelle Monaghan
Music by Aaron Zigman
Cinematography Oliver Stapleton
Edited by Matt Chesse
DiNovi Pictures
Distributed by Relativity Media
Release date(s)
  • October 17, 2014 (2014-10-17) (United States)
Country United States
Language English

The Best of Me is an upcoming American romantic drama film directed by Michael Hoffman which he co-wrote with Will Fetters and J. Mills Goodloe, based on the 2011 novel, The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks. The film stars James Marsden and Michelle Monaghan.

Principal photography on the film began on March 6, 2014 in New Orleans. The film is scheduled for an October 17, 2014, release by Relativity Media.


A pair of former high school sweethearts reunite after 20 years when they both return to their small hometown in North Carolina.




On June 17, 2011, Warner Bros. acquired the film's right to the upcoming novel The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks.[7] On March 15, 2012, it was announced that the studio had tapped screenwriter J. Mills Goodloe to adapt Nicholas Sparks' latest 2011 released romance novel The Best of Me.[8] On September 27, it was reported that Warner Bros was in final talks with Michael Hoffman to direct the film, Will Fetters was set to rewrite the script while Denise Di Novi was set to produce the film along with Sparks and Theresa Park as co-producer.[9] On July 25, 2013 Relativity Media acquired the distribution rights from Warner Bros.[10] On October 22, Michelle Monaghan joined the lead cast of the film to play Amanda Collier, which Ryan Kavanaugh is also producing.[3] On October 24, the studio set the film for an October 17, 2014 release.[11] On January 9, 2014 studio offered James Marsden to play the lead role as Dawson Cole, he would replace Paul Walker after his tragic death.[1] On January 28, Liana Liberato joined the film's cast to play the younger role of Monaghan, as Amanda Collier.[4] On February 12, Luke Bracey was added to the cast to play young Dawson Cole.[2] On March 12, Sebastian Arcelus and Gerald McRaney joined the cast of the film, Arcelus would play Frank Reynolds, Amanda's husband and father of her children, while McRaney would play Tuck, a widower who takes in young Dawson and becomes a friend and father-figure to him.[5] On March 25, Jon Tenney was added to the cast to play Harvey Collier, father of Amanda.[6]


The filming began on March 6, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana for a 42 days shoot.[12][13] On April 30 and May 1, the filming was taken place in downtown Covington area.[14]


On June 27, 2014, it was announced that composer Aaron Zigman would be scoring the music for the film.[15]


The first official trailer of the film was released on June 6, 2014.[16]


Relativity will release the film on October 17, 2014.[11]


  1. ^ a b Sneider, Jeff (9 January 2014). "James Marsden in Talks to Replace Paul Walker in Nicholas Sparks’ ‘The Best of Me’". Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "‘The Best Of Me’ Adds Luke Bracey". 12 February 2014. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Ford, Rebecca; Kit, Borys (22 October 2013). "Michelle Monaghan Joins Nicholas Sparks Film 'The Best of Me'". Retrieved 9 June 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Liana Liberato Joins ‘The Best Of Me’". 28 January 2014. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c "‘The Best Of Me’ Adds ‘House Of Cards’ Sebastian Arcelus & Gerald McRaney". 12 March 2014. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  6. ^ a b "Jon Tenney Joins ‘The Best Of Me’". 25 March 2014. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  7. ^ Fleming Jr, Mike (17 June 2011). "Warner Bros Buys Nicholas Sparks’ Upcoming Romance Novel ‘The Best Of Me’". Retrieved 9 June 2014. 
  8. ^ Fleming Jr, Mike (15 March 2012). "Warner Bros Sets J. Mills Goodloe To Adapt Nicholas Sparks Novel ‘The Best Of Me’". Retrieved 9 June 2014. 
  9. ^ Fleming Jr, Mike (27 September 2012). "Warner Bros Romancing Director Michael Hoffman For Nicholas Sparks’ ‘Best Of Me’". Retrieved 9 June 2014. 
  10. ^ Harmanian, Harout (25 July 2013). "Nicholas Sparks' 'The Best of Me' Goes to Relativity". Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  11. ^ a b "Relativity Sets Nicholas Sparks Adaptation ‘The Best Of Me’ For Fall 2014". 24 October 2013. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  12. ^ Scott, Mike (17 March 2014). "Filming in New Orleans: Actors sign on for 'American Ultra,' 'Best of Me' and more". Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  13. ^ Le, Sarah (11 February 2014). "FILMING IN LOUISIANA IN 2014: DINOSAURS AND ROBOTS". Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  14. ^ Chatelain, Kim (29 April 2014). "Scenes for "The Best of Me" to be filmed in Covington this week". Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  15. ^ "Aaron Zigman to Score ‘The Best of Me’". 27 June 2014. Retrieved 28 June 2014. 
  16. ^ Calautti, Katie (6 June 2014). "‘The Best of Me’ Trailer: Nicholas Sparks Continues To Make You Swoon-Cry". Retrieved 7 June 2014. 

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