A feature-film adaptation of the self-help best-seller “The Secret” is ramping up to shoot in New Orleans, with Katie Holmes and Josh Lucas reportedly set to star. According to the city film office, principal photography on the independently produced film is scheduled to run from Oct. 30 through Dec. 6.
Described as a love story, “The Secret” is inspired by the 2006 book of the same name, which centers on what is known as “the law of attraction” — or the idea that positive thoughts can directly influence a person’s life, including their health, their relationships and even their material wealth. The book, written by Rhonda Byrne, was inspired by an earlier documentary of the same name and received a major boost in popularity thanks media giant Oprah Winfrey’s advocacy of it. It eventually spent 192 consecutive weeks on The New York Times best-seller list.
According to Deadline, the new feature-film adaptation will be directed by Andy Tennant (“Sweet Home Alabama,” “Hitch”) and will tell the story of a widowed mother of three (Holmes) who is introduced to the mind-power connection espoused in the book when she hires a handyman (Lucas) to help repair her home during a major storm.
“The Secret” is being produced by Matthew George, who previously filmed “LBJ” and “Shock and Awe” in New Orleans, along with Joe Gelchion (“A Private War”), Robert Katz (“Law Abiding Citizen”), Robert Cort, Paul Hanson and Byrne, according to the Deadline report.
It joins a number of other productions currently shooting or preparing to shoot in town, including a second season of the Disney-produced TV series “Cloak and Dagger,” the fifth season of the CBS police procedural “NCIS: New Orleans,” the first season of TNT’s “Tell Me Your Secrets” (formerly “Deadlier Than the Male“) and the limited You Tube series “On Becoming a God in Central Florida.”