Love it or hate it, The Notebook is one of the most popular and inescapable love stories of the 2000s. The Nick Cassavetes-directed film launched a million different memes and parodies, while making A-list stars out of Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams.
Centering on the epic love story of Noah (Gosling) and Allie (McAdams), The Notebook – based on the 1996 Nicholas Sparks novel of the same name – chronicles their relationship over the course of several decades. Now fans of the film and/or its source material have something new to look forward to.
According to EW, The CW has a television series based on The Notebook in the works. By the sounds of it, the show will be a period drama that closely follows the central romance of both the 2004 and Sparks’ original book. If it does receive a greenlight from the network, The Notebook would join Reign on the list of ongoing CW period drama series.
Here is the longline for The CW’s The Notebook TV show:
“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 decision to mirror the storyline of the book and film, of course, makes sense, considering that Sparks’ production company is involved with the Notebook television adaptation. Moreover, The CW – and its predecessor, The WB – have traditionally featured a significant number of teen dramas that heavily emphasized the soap opera elements of the characters’ romantic lives (perhaps best epitomized by Dawson’s Creek back in the late 1990s/early 2000s).
A period romance such as The Notebook then perfectly fits the bill, and it marks a change of pace for The CW’s focus on attracting different genre audience (sci-fi, horror, superheroes) with shows like The Vampire Diaries, The Flash and iZombie. Still, a TV series based on The Notebook will likely have a tough time both creating a show that pleases the film’s fanbase – especially when it comes to casting leads to take on Gosling and McAdams’ roles – and wins over skeptics who weren’t in love with the movie in the first place.
Stay tuned to Screen Rant for additional updates on The CW’s The Notebook as this story develops.