In today’s world of Hollywood reboots, remakes, re-shoots, etc., it seems that either the appetite for nostalgia is too strong to make actual new things or that the industry is out of unique ideas. Some re-worked and rebooted properties work better than others of course, and with the news that The CW is adapting the hit movie “The Notebook” into a TV series, the hope is for better rather than worse.
During the network’s panel at the 2015 summer TV press tour press tour, CW president Mark Pedowitz hinted that if the pilot is greenlit to series (which has author Nicholas Sparks’ blessing in that he’s serving as executive producer), it will follow the young versions of main characters Noah and Allie, famously played by Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams in the 2004 film, and not the older versions.
“‘The Notebook’ is a very, very well-received book and motion picture. It is going to be set after World War II,” says Pedowitz. “At this point, the pilot’s not done. I do not believe that we’re going to see the older couple, what they become. But again, things change. We’re just now at the beginning of the development stage. I am thrilled that Nick Sparks wanted to do it at The CW. I’m looking forward to it. I think it’ll make a lot of noise with our viewers and hopefully is something people want to sample.”
He later adds, “Nick Sparks and his team came in to see us in March or so just to get a general meeting. We started talking, I half-jokingly, half-kidding said it would be great to have ‘The Notebook’ come to The CW. He said, ‘I’ll think about it as a TV series.’ Nick took a shine to us and I’m really grateful that he did, so we’re busy running around and developing it.”
The official logline for the show explains that, in typical CW fashion, the series will focus on “the romantic journey of the two beloved central characters.” This means that the show’s success lives and dies in the showrunners’ ability to cast two of the most charming and attractive young actors possible, who must also have irresistible, palpable onscreen chemistry, and who are not named Ryan Gosling or Rachel McAdams. Good luck, casting directors.