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
Walden Media
Distributed by The Weinstein Company
Release date(s)
  • August 15, 2014 (2014-08-15) (United States)
Running time 94 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $25–30 million[2][3]

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.[4] It is scheduled to be released in the United States on August 15, 2014.


In a perfect world where there is no conflict, racism or sickness, every member of society has a specific role, and 16-year-old[5] 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.



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.[6]

Filming began on October 7, 2013 in Cape Town and Johannesburg.[7] 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.[8][9] The filming was completed on February 13, 2014 in Utah.[10]


The score for The Giver was composed by Marco Beltrami. The song "Ordinary Human" by OneRepublic will be featured in the movie.[11]


The first official trailer of the film was released on March 19, 2014.[12] On April 11, 2014, more footage from the film was revealed.[13] A second trailer was released on June 4.[14]

On July 11, 2014, it was announced that The Weinstein Company and Walden Media would be teaming up with Fathom Events to stream the red carpet premiere to more than 250 theaters in the US on August 11, four days before its official release. Ziegfeld Theatre will show the film's premiere in New York City.[15]


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  2. ^ McClintock, Pamela (23 September, 2013). "'The Giver' Film Adaptation to Hit Theaters August 2014". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 1 October, 2013. 
  3. ^ Ford, Rebecca (23 July, 2014). "'The Giver': Why It Took 20 Years for the YA Adaptation to Hit Theaters". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 23 July, 2014. 
  4. ^ Busis, Hillary (September 27, 2013). "Taylor Swift will co-star in long-awaited adaptation of 'The Giver'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 23 October, 2013. 
  5. ^ Calderon, Arielle (15 July, 2014). "10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About "The Giver"". BuzzFeed. Retrieved 23 July, 2014. 
  6. ^ Graser, Marc (27 June, 2011). "Bridges giving ‘Giver’ another shot". Variety. Retrieved 1 July, 2014. 
  7. ^ 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." 
  8. ^ 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." 
  9. ^ Cerasaro, Pat (9 December, 2013). "Silver Fox! Meryl Streep Arrives In Costume On Set Of THE GIVER". Broadway World. Retrieved 10 December, 2013. 
  10. ^ Dumas, Daisy (15 February, 2014). "Chilling end to filming of Noyce's blockbuster". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 7 April, 2014. 
  11. ^ Lee, Ashley (10 July, 2014). "'The Giver': New Footage Premieres OneRepublic Song 'Ordinary Human' (Video)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 18 July, 2014. 
  12. ^ Busis, Hillary (19 March 2014). "'The Giver' trailer: Meryl Streep! Jeff Bridges! Color?! VIDEO". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 20 March 2014. 
  13. ^ Doty, Meriah (11 April, 2014). "Fans, Are You Happy? 'The Giver' Goes Black and White, Officially". Yahoo. Retrieved 13 April, 2014. 
  14. ^ Stedman, Alex (4 June, 2014). "Watch: Rebellion Begins in ‘The Giver’ New Trailer". Variety. Retrieved 9 June, 2014. 
  15. ^ Ford, Rebecca (July 11, 2014). "'The Giver' to Screen in 250 Theaters Across the U.S. During Premiere". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 12, 2014. 

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