Nicholas Sparks adaptations are close to becoming a sub-genre of their own in Hollywood, with romantic drama Safe Haven the eighth of his novels to receive the big-screen treatment.
Julianne Hough stars as a young woman who moves to a small town in North Carolina in a bid to escape her dark past, and meets Alex (Josh Duhamel), a widower struggling to rebuild his own life.
"He has a way of striking at the heart of... what people wish for in love," Duhamel told Digital Spy, when asked what it is about Sparks's writing that resonates with audiences.
"These are real stories about people who are strong characters, who in our case have found love [before] and it didn't work out for whatever reason, and then find each other. It's a movie about second chances."
Sparks discussed his approach to writing romance, explaining that he feels pressure to avoid producing anything too similar to his previous successes.
"You want to make the story feel fresh and original. I didn't want to make a remake of The Notebook or Dear John or A Walk to Remember," he said.
Sparks also revealed his favorite of the numerous adaptations of his books, while Duhamel and Hough spoke about working with Hallström to develop their characters' love story.
Safe Haven is released tomorrow (Friday, March 1) in the UK. Watch the trailer below: