The CW is developing a new TV series based on the 2004 romance classic The Notebook, which catapulted Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams to stardom. The original movie, based on the Nicholas Sparks novel, earned $115 million worldwide from just a $29 million production budget. Take a look at the official plot synopsis below, courtesy of Entertainment Weekly.
"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."
The original movie was also partially set in present day, with the older version of Noah (James Garner) telling his story to an Alzheimer's-stricken Allie (Gena Rowlands), who can't remember her past. The CW's Mark Pedowitz revealed that this portion of the story won't be featured in The Notebook series. Here's what the network executive had to say.
"I don't believe we're going to see the older couple-what they become. But things change [in development]. I'm thrilled Nick Sparks wanted to do it at The CW."
The Notebook is a Nicholas Sparks Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. Sparks will executive produce alongside Theresa Park. She has teamed up with the author on his last three theatrical adaptations, The Best of Me, The Longest Ride and the upcoming The Choice. Todd Graff (Joyful Noise) is writing the script and producing.
If the project gets a series order, it will be The CW's second period drama, following Reign. It will also mark the first TV series based on a Nicholas Sparks novel, but the author did produce a Lifetime TV movie adaptation of his novel Deliverance Creek last year. What do you think about The Notebook being turned into a TV series?