Writer Lois Lowry, left, and director Phillip Noyce arrive at New York premiere of "The Giver" at the Zeigfeld Theater on Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
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It was almost 20 years ago, and actor Jeff Bridges was searching for a movie project that would be a family affair -- one in which he could direct his father, Lloyd, and that his children, then around middle-school age, would want to see.That book was "The Giver," by Lois Lowry, which won the prestigious Newberry Medal in 1994 and has sold over 10 million copies worldwide.Yet, both Lowry and Bridges agree, maybe it's good that it took so long.Lowry, who ranks third among Amazon's top 100 authors, hopes the existence of the other films will increase the audience for "The Giver" -- adding people as yet unfamiliar with the book.This was done partly to create a teen romance, a change that initially deeply concerned both Bridges and Lowry.Lowry thinks that if she published her book today, it wouldn't cause nearly the ripples it did two decades ago.
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