Bridges originally envisioned his father, the late Lloyd Bridges, in the title role. Now, at sixty-one, the junior Bridges feels ready for The Giver. The 1993 Newbery Award-winning novel by Lois Lowry tells the story of a boy named Jonas, afloat in a utopian society where all appears perfect – until he inherits the lifelong position of “Receiver of Memory.” Young Jonas is tasked with spending his twelfth year with The Giver, a man who holds all memories of the way things were prior to the society’s utopian switch, and who, in his wise, old way, will train Jonas to do the same, disillusioning him once and for all.
This is a film I’d like to see made. I remember borrowing it from a friend when I was a child and enjoying it immensely.