12:38pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'The Notebook' TV Series in the Works at The CW
The CW is looking for a little love.
The network is teaming up with author Nicholas Sparks to reboot The Notebook as a TV series, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
As first reported by Entertainment Weekly, the potential series — which is purely in development at this time — will follow the romantic journey of the two beloved central characters, Noah (played by Ryan Gosling in the feature film) and Allie (Rachel McAdams), 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 in the late 1940s in North Carolina.
Todd Graff will pen the script and executive produce alongside Sparks and Theresa Park. The drama hails from Warner Bros. Television — a corporate sibling of feature-film producers New Line Cinema — and Nicholas Sparks Productions. It's based on the best-selling Sparks book that inspired the beloved movie.
A TV version of The Notebook comes as remakes continue to be in high demand, as broadcast and cable networks look for proven brands in a bid to cut through an increasingly competitive landscape that currently boasts more than 400 scripted originals. Already in the works are TV series based on Rush Hour (CBS), Limitless (CBS), Uncle Buck (ABC) and Minority Report (Fox).
"The Notebook is a very well-received book and motion picture. It is going to be set after World War II. At this point, the pilot is not done. I don't believe we're going to see the older couple — what they become — but again, things change and we're just now in the development stage," CW president Mark Pedowitz said at TCA.