Katie Holmes will star in “The Secret”, based on the best-selling self-help book by Rhonda Byrne. The film, to be directed by Andy Tennant (“Hitch”, “Sweet Home Alabama”), will follow a young widow with three children who hires a handyman to fix her house during a terrible storm. As the handyman grows closer to the family, he shares his philosophy of believing in the power of the universe to deliver what we want, but the widow soon realises he carries a secret connection to her past.
Bekah Brunstetter, writer on NBC's hit drama “This Is Us”, wrote the screenplay with participation from Tennant and longtime writing partner Rick Parks (“Ever After: A Cinderella Story”).
Covert Media's CEO Paul Hanson will produce the movie with Robert Cort. Covert's Elissa Friedman will serve as an executive producer alongside Media Content Capital's Sasha Shapiro and Anton Lessine. Covert will finance and handle worldwide sales on the feature.
Byrne's book, published in 2006, has sold over 30 million copies worldwide, been translated into 50 different languages and remained on the New York Times' best-seller list for 190 weeks. The book and nonfiction films of the same name suggest that thoughts and visualisations of one's desires can lead to those things appearing in one's life.
“I am so excited that the film version of 'The Secret' is finally here," said Byrne. "This movie will not only be a great thrill for 'The Secret' fans across the planet, it's also certain to ripple out and touch millions more people. 'The Secret' was life-changing for so many, and this movie continues that legacy within a stunning piece of entertainment."
Holmes will next be seen in Steven Soderbergh's “Logan Lucky”. She also will have a cameo in the upcoming “Ocean's Eight”, set to be released by Warner Bros. on June 8, 2018. Holmes is repped by ICM, Untitled Entertainment and Sloane Offer.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter