SOUTHPORT, NC (WECT) - Author Nicholas Sparks was on the set of Safe Haven in Southport, watching another one of his novels come to life.
This is his eighth novel to be adapted to a movie. His writing resume includes The Notebook, Message in a Bottle and The Last Song.
Sparks, who lives in New Bern, said after visiting Southport, he wanted to set one of his stories in the Brunswick County town.
"I remember coming to Southport years ago when they were filming A Walk to Remember here and I came through and spent some time down here and I said, one day I'm going to set a little novel here," he said. "It has got to be exactly the right novel. So, I set Safe Haven and then we were just fortunate that everything worked out that we actually were able to film here as well."
He calls actor Josh Duhamel "perfect" for the lead role.
"We were looking for an actor who could pull off this conflicted role," said Sparks.
Julianne Hough is the female lead in the movie.
"With Julianne, you are looking for someone who can really pull off this vulnerability with underlying strength and she is doing an amazing job at that," Sparks explained.
Sparks thinks fans from Southport will be happy with the final product.
"People will say, it looks nothing like that, how did they do that? It is called movie magic."
Sparks is one of the producers on the project. He said the film will premiere February 8. The production wraps in mid-August.