He directed 2010's "Dear John," also based on a Sparks novel, and has directed a raft of adaptations, including the 1985 "My Life as a Dog," the 1999 "The Cider House Rules," the 2001 "The Shipping News" and the 2000 "Chocolat."
And Sparks's novels have been adapted quite a few times. In addition to "Dear John," he wrote "The Notebook," "The Last Song" and "Nights in Rodanthe."
"Safe Haven" is a love story about a young woman who runs to a small town in North Carolina to start a new life. There, she falls for a widower who, according to Relativity, "helps her escape the danger that threatens her."
The movie is set to go into production this year.
Dana Stevens wrote the screenplay.