Based on Cecelia Ahern’s bestselling novel, “Where Rainbows End,” “Love, Rosie” is a sassy, heart-warming, and utterly modern comedy-of-errors tale. Director Christian Ditter adapts to film “Love, Rosie” where Lily Collins and Sam Claflin star as Rosie and Alex, childhood friends seemingly destined to be together, yet a couple which fate itself seems determined to keep apart. The film paints a rich and textured canvas of a complicated yet lifelong bond between Rosie and Alex, beginning in their childhood, spanning a trans-Atlantic separation, and enduring ups and downs of romantic liaisons with everyone but each other resulting in some bittersweet consequences.
“The story is about two people who really have a deep love for each other, but are constantly being pulled apart,” explains acclaimed Irish author, Cecelia Ahern, whose novel, "Where Rainbows End", was the source material for the film. “I wrote "Where Rainbows End" a couple of months after I had finished "P.S. I Love You,” she says of the follow-up to her first novel, written when she was only 21 years old.
“How do you adapt a book that’s all texts and emails,” says filmmaker Brooks of one of the project’s biggest challenges – the novel’s epistolary structure, composed around the emails, letters and text messages which Alex and Rosie exchange. “How do you make that into a movie?” Around the same time, Hollywood producer Robert Kulzer of Constantin Film, found himself in a bookstore back in his native Germany – a country, notably, where the Irish author has one of her most loyal followings.
To adjust Ahern's novel to the screen, Kulzer and Brooks turned to the British screenwriter Juliette Towhidi, whose credits incorporate the 2003 honor winning hit satire, Calendar Girls, with Helen Mirren and Julie Walters. "She was similar to an analyst," says Kulzer of Towhidi's procedure of adjusting Ahern's flighty novel. "She was concentrating plot and story focuses, making her own particular world around these scenes that Cecilia had made in her novel."
Still, most urgent to the film's general achievement, would be the on-screen character's thrown in the two driving parts – Rosie and Alex – closest companions bound to be something more who've never figured out how to start acting responsibly. Discovering the ideal performers to depict them on screen would demonstrate an easier recommendation, in any case, with the throwing of Lily Collins and Sam Claflin – the movie producers' first and final decisions for the parts. Among the splendid youthful faces in the Love, Rosie cast are: Jaime Winstone (girl of British performing artist, Ray Winstone), here playing Rosie's companion and associate, Ruby; London design model Suki Waterhouse (Pusher), denoting her second gimmick film part as Rosie's opponent, Bethany; climbing star Tamsin Egerton (The Look of Love) as Sally, and Christian Cooke ("Magic City") as Greg, a neighborhood who takes more than an easygoing enthusiasm for Rosie.
“Jaime, Tamsin, Suki – all of them; I think we got lucky,” says producer, Simon Brooks of the ensemble. “The movie is fresh, kind of hip and cool and we got a cast that is young, fresh, hip and cool.”
Love winds and finds ways - “Lovie, Rosie” is now showing in theatres (opens January 8).