Six years later, he lost majority control of the group and resigned. Starting again from scratch, he returned to Paris and co-founded an interior design and planning company with two friends; the company soon became one of the leading office architecture firms in France.
At thirty-seven, Marc Levy wrote a story for the man that his son would grow up to be. In early 1999, his sister, a screenwriter (now a film director), encouraged him to send the manuscript to Editions Robert Laffont, who immediately decided to publish If Only It Were True. Before it was published, Steven Spielberg (Dreamworks) acquired film rights to the novel. The movie, Just like Heaven, produced by Steven Spielberg, starring Reese Witherspoon and Mark Ruffalo, was a #1 box office hit in America in 2005.
After If Only It Were True, Marc Levy began writing full-time. All of his novels have hit the top of the best-seller list in France. They are also very successful internationally and are consistently on the bestseller list in several countries including Germany, Italy, Spain, Russia, and Taiwan.
If Only It Were True, 2000 (adapted for film in 2005)
Finding You, 2001 (adapted for television in 2007)
Seven Days for an Eternity, 2003
In Another Life, 2004
If Only It Were True 2, 2005
London Mon Amour, 2006 (adapted to film in 2008)
Children of Freedom, 2007
All Those Things We Never Said, 2008.
The First Day, 2009
The First Night, 2009 (the sequel to The First Day)
The Shadow Thief, 2010
The Strange Journey of Mr. Daldry, 2011
Stronger than Fear, 2013
Another Idea of Happiness, 2014
She & Him, 2015
The combined sales of Marc Levy's sixteen novels, translated into 49 languages, have surpassed the 33 million copy mark worldwide. Marc Levy is the most read French author in the world. (Source for all rankings and figures: Ipsos/Livres Hebdo/Le Figaro)
Marc Levy has also written short stories and directed a short film for Amnesty International, Nabila's Letter, screened in March 2004. In addition, he has written song lyrics for various artists including Johnny Hallyday.
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