Germany’s Senator Film has acquired the rights to Nicholas Sparks’ novel The Rescue to make as a German language film set and shot in Germany.

Nicholas Sparks Productions and Senator Film Production will jointly produce the film. Helge Sasse [pictured] and Ulf Israel will produce for Senator, while Sparks and his longtime publishing agent and collaborator Theresa Park, will produce for Nicholas Sparks Productions.

Published in 2000, The Rescue is set in North Carolina, although obviously the new film will move the action to Germany.

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“I’m excited to produce something special for my German-speaking fans, who have supported my books and films for so many years,” said Sparks. “I feel that this novel, set in a small town and addressing universal themes of love, risk and commitment, will make for an emotionally resonant film under Senator’s experienced hand.”

The book tells the story of a firefighter and a single mother who come together after a near-fatal car crash and the ensuing search for a four year-old boy.

Films of Sparks’ books include The Notebook, The Lucky One, Message In A Bottle, Nights In Rodanthe, A Walk To Remember and The Last Song.