It's not gonna be easy — actually, "it's going to be really hard" — to turn Nicholas Sparks's beloved The Notebook into a weekly series, but that isn't stopping The CW from trying.
As Entertainment Weekly first reported, the network is developing a new drama based on the 2004 hit movie, adapted from Sparks's 1996 novel of the same name.
The series will follow Noah and Allie, memorably played by Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams in the movie, as their love grows and they set out to begin a life 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," according to the show's official logline.
"I am thrilled Nicholas Sparks wanted to make it with The CW," Mark Pedowitz, president of The CW, said at the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills today. "The Notebook is a very, very well-received book and motion picture." He added that he didn't believe the series would feature the elderly couple — played in the film by Gena Rowlands and James Garner. But that could change as the pilot continues to come together.
If it goes to series, Sparks would serve as an executive producer on The CW's The Notebook and Todd Graff — who wrote 2003's cult classic Camp — would write and produce the show.
But let's be honest: The success of a series based on The Notebook lives and dies on the casting of Noah and Allie, because we've still got fever dreams of McGosling's long-lost love.