Of all the Nicholas Sparks adaptations to have us reaching for the tissues – or remote, depending on your personal taste – The Notebook is arguably the one that resonated the most, particularly after New Line’s 2004 hit starring Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling. Heck, Sparks’ romantic drama even treaded the boards as a broadway play a few years back, and Entertainment Weekly now brings word that the love story will makes its small-screen debut on The CW.
Promising to expand the core, heart-wrenching story of Noah and Allie, The CW reportedly has big plans for The Notebook as a TV series, exploring the lovestruck pair’s youth as the grow up in the rural hills of North Carolina post-World War II.
Here’s the official logline per EW:
This series will follow the romantic journey of the two beloved central characters Noah and Allie, at the outset of their blossoming relationship as they build their lives and their future together against the backdrop of the racial politics, economic inequities, and social mores of post-World War II of the late 1940s in North Carolina.
No word yet on whether The Notebook will receive the green light at the network, though it’s understood that Nicholas Sparks himself will executive producer the series should it get its feet off the ground. With a story that spans decades, there’s plenty of content for The CW to mine in the novel’s transition to the small-screen, though one of the determining factors of the series will no doubt be the chemistry between the two leads, whomever the network decides to cast.
Alongside Sparks in the role of executive producer is Theresa Park, while Todd Graff will pen the story. It’s too early to for casting news or a production start date, though we’ll be sure to keep you updated on the status of The Notebook series as it develops.
Source: Entertainment Weekly