After getting a feature adaptation, Nicholas Sparks' bestselling novel “The Notebook” is now getting a television verison too.
Entertainment Weekly confirmed the news, saying the series will be shown on the CW network. It will focus on the lives of “two beloved central characters Noah and Allie, at the outset of their blossoming relationship.” Their love story will flourish in the backdrop of “racial politics, economic inequities and social mores of post-World War II of the late 1940s in North Carolina.”
The television series will be different from the 2004 movie. While the movie -- and the 1996 novel too -- showed Noah and Allie, played by Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams, as an old couple, the television series will omit that part of their lives. “I don’t believe we’re going to see the older couple — what they become,” CW president Mark Pedowitz was quoted as saying by EW.
Also the new television series will not include that part of the story where Allie suffers from Alzheimer’s disease, and Noah tries his best to make her remember her past. Pedowitz, however, added that there are chances that some things might undergo a change during the development phase. “I’m thrilled Nick Sparks wanted to do it at the CW,” he said.
Todd Graff, who has previously worked on television series “The Electric Company,” will pen the script for “The Notebook” series. He will also executive-produce along with author Sparks, the Hollywood Reporter writes. In addition to “The Notebook,” the other films that are likely to be made into a television series include “Rush Hour,” “Minority Report” and “Limitless.”
“The Notebook” was a successful romantic film that bagged several awards, including Teen Choice Awards, a Satellite Award and an MTV Movie Award. The film is also known for the wonderful on-screen chemistry between McAdams and Gosling.