The Choice is a 2016 American romantic film directed by Ross Katz and written by Bryan Sipe, based on Nicholas Sparks’ 2007 novel of the same name about two neighbors who fall in love at their first meeting. The movie stars Benjamin Walker, Teresa Palmer, Maggie Grace, Alexandra Daddario, Tom Welling and Tom Wilkinson.
Principal photography began on October 13, 2014, in Wilmington, North Carolina. Lionsgate released the film on February 5, 2016.
Travis Shaw (Benjamin Walker) is a vet, living in small coastal town Wilmington, who falls in love on his first meeting with Gabby Holland (Teresa Palmer), who has moved in to the house next door. Gabby is a medical student who is in a relationship with a fellow doctor, Ryan McCarthy (Tom Welling). With Ryan overseas, Gabby and Travis spend more time together, starting a relationship. Ryan returns, and is keen to resume his relationship with Gabby. Unsure of her feelings, Gabby tells Travis that their relationship wasn’t necessarily serious, but eventually Gabby and Travis get back together and marry. Over the course of the next few years they have two children and become a happy family.
One evening, after a dinner to which Travis has failed to show due to a work emergency, Gabby drives back home but is involved in an accident with another car. She survives but is now in a coma, which seems permanent. Three months later, Travis is asked to give permission to turn off the life support, as the chances of her waking up again have reduced to 1%. Travis refuses to make this choice. One day, he comes to the clinic and finds her awake again. He takes her home, and they continue to lead their happy life.