The Giver (film)

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The Giver
Official poster
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Phillip Noyce
Produced by Jeff Bridges
Neil Koenigsberg
Nikki Silver
Screenplay by Michael Mitnick
Based on The Giver 
by Lois Lowry
Starring Jeff Bridges
Meryl Streep
Brenton Thwaites
Alexander Skarsgård
Odeya Rush
Katie Holmes
Taylor Swift
Cameron Monaghan
Music by Marco Beltrami
Cinematography Ross Emery
Edited by Barry Alexander Brown
Production
  company
Walden Media
Distributed by The Weinstein Company
Release date(s)
  • August 15, 2014 (2014-08-15) (United States)
Country United States
Language English
Budget $25 million[1]

The Giver is an upcoming science fiction film directed by Phillip Noyce, based on the 1993 novel of same name by Lois Lowry. The film stars Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Brenton Thwaites, Alexander Skarsgård, Odeya Rush, Katie Holmes and Taylor Swift.[2] It is scheduled to be released in the United States on August 15, 2014.

Plot[edit]

In a perfect world where there is no conflict, racism or sickness, every member of society has a specific role, and 16-year-old Jonas is selected to be the Receiver of Memory. As Jonas uncovers the truth behind his world's past, he discovers that many years earlier, his forefathers gave up humanity in order to have a stable society.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Jeff Bridges has wanted to film the futuristic novel for several years, but encountered obstacles when Warner Bros. bought the rights in 2007. They then ended up at The Weinstein Company and Walden Media. Bridges actual vision was that his own father, Lloyd Bridges, would play as The Giver.[3]

Filming began on October 7, 2013 in Cape Town and Johannesburg.[4] Meryl Streep had some of her scenes shot in England, where she also filmed Rob Marshall's Into the Woods, before doing additional filming two months later in Cape Town.[5][6] The filming was completed on February 13, 2014 in Utah.[7]

Release[edit]

The first official trailer of the film was released on March 19, 2014.[8] On April 11, 2014, more footage from the film was revealed.[9] A second trailer was released on June 4.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ McClintock, Pamela (23 September 2013). "'The Giver' Film Adaptation to Hit Theaters August 2014". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 1 October 2013. 
  2. ^ Busis, Hillary (September 27, 2013). "Taylor Swift will co-star in long-awaited adaptation of 'The Giver'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  3. ^ Graser, Marc (27 June 2011). "Bridges giving ‘Giver’ another shot". Variety. Retrieved 1 July 2014. 
  4. ^ Finn, Natalie (30 September 2013). "Katie Holmes: "Excited" to Shoot The Giver With Meryl Streep, Taylor Swift and More". E! Online. Retrieved 1 October 2013. "Principal photography on the film is scheduled to begin Oct. 7 in Cape Town with an eye on an Aug. 15, 2014, theatrical release." 
  5. ^ Venable, Nick (26 September 2013). "Katie Holmes Joins Meryl Streep And Jeff Bridges In The Giver". Cinema Blend. Retrieved 18 October 2013. "The Giver, which also stars Alexander Skarsgård, Odeya Rush, Cameron Monaghan and Emma Tremblay, is looking to go into production soon in South Africa, but because Streep will be shooting Rob Marshall’s Into the Woods in England, she will likely have her scenes filmed there as well." 
  6. ^ Cerasaro, Pat (9 December 2013). "Silver Fox! Meryl Streep Arrives In Costume On Set Of THE GIVER". Broadway World. Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
  7. ^ Dumas, Daisy (15 February 2014). "Chilling end to filming of Noyce's blockbuster". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  8. ^ Busis, Hillary (19 March 2014). "'The Giver' trailer: Meryl Streep! Jeff Bridges! Color?! VIDEO". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 20 March 2014. 
  9. ^ Doty, Meriah (11 April 2014). "Fans, Are You Happy? 'The Giver' Goes Black and White, Officially". Yahoo. Retrieved 13 April 2014. 
  10. ^ Stedman, Alex (4 June 2014). "Watch: Rebellion Begins in ‘The Giver’ New Trailer". variety.com. Retrieved 9 June 2014. 

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