By Lindsey Bahr
April 11, 2014 at 04:00 AM EDT
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Director Phillip Noyce knows fans are obsessive about The Giver, Lois Lowry’s 1993 novel about a dystopia where people see in black and white and only the Giver (Jeff Bridges) is aware of human history. Noyce has already gotten heat for aging the Giver’s protégé, Jonas (Brenton Thwaites), from 12 to 16. When the first trailer hit last month, devotees cringed at the full-color scenes, the fighter planes, and the imagery that wasn’t in Lowry’s book. ”Any adaptation involves change,” says Noyce, noting that Lowry signed off on all tweaks. Adds Bridges: ”The spirit of the story is there.”

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