Good for business, bad for art: Another ghastly Nicholas Sparks movie to start filming in SC

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This just in from the SC Film Commission . . .

COLUMBIA – The motion picture adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ novel “Dear John” is currently in pre-production and will begin filming in Charleston County during the next few months.

The film is the latest to be recruited to the state by the South Carolina Film Commission, a division of the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism (SCPRT).

“Dear John” is the story of a soldier who meets a young, idealistic college student on spring break. The couple tries to keep their romance alive through a series of overseas letters. Actor Channing Tatum will play the title character of John Tyree. Tatum is known for his roles in “G.I. Joe”, “She’s the Man”, and “Stop-Loss”.

Amanda Seyfried, known for her recent role in “Mama Mia”, will play the lead role of Savannah. Seyfried has a successful list of credits, including roles in “Mean Girls”, the HBO series “Big Love” and several daytime soap operas.

Pristine South Carolina coastline will provide the backdrop for the majority of this full-length feature film. The filmmaker also will use South Carolina’s diverse landscape to recreate multiple international locations as the title character is deployed around the world, including settings in the Middle East and Africa.

“We are pleased to announce that South Carolina will be the location for the filming of a second motion picture based on a Nicholas Sparks novel,” said SCPRT Director Chad Prosser. “Like ‘The Notebook’, Dear John will showcase the panorama of South Carolina’s beautiful places, including the Lowcountry.”

The filming of “Dear John” marks the South Carolina return of Oscar-nominated director Lasse Halstrom, who directed 1995’s “Something to Talk About” in Beaufort County. Other credits include “Cider House Rules”, “Chocolat” and “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape”.

The film also brings Emmy-winning production designer Sarah Knowles back to the state. Knowles worked on 2004’s “The Notebook”, also a Sparks adaptation.

Film professionals wanting to work on the “Dear John” project should send resumes to submitaresumedj@gmail.com or fax it to (843) 769-8155. The S.C. Film Commission will also post crew calls and extras casting information at www.filmsc.com.

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