I’m sure many readers loved the 2004 film but the idea of The Notebook TV series leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Some things they should just leave alone, but alas The CW is determined to create a TV version of Nicholas Sparks’ beloved romantic tear-jerking drama.
The network is developing a series based on Sparks’ bestselling 1996 novel and the 2004 New Line Cinema hit, which starred Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams. I guess in the film and television industry you have milk the complete life out of something until there’s nothing left. Or unless you’re the writer of the original source material and is a little desperate for more money.
The official logline reads: “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.”
At the Television Critics Association’s press tour The CW president Mark Pedowitz said: “I don’t believe we’re going to see the older couple—what they become. But things change [in development]. I’m thrilled Nick Sparks wanted to do it at The CW.”
The idea of omitting the story’s tear-jerking framing device which has an elderly version of the couple, with Allie suffering Alzheimers, seems like a bad idea in my personal opinion and kinda takes the love out of the entire love story. However the project is a Nicholas Sparks Productions in association with Warner Bros, that will see Sparks serve as an executive producer along with Theresa Park, so that does seem a little promising and gives me hope that the beloved story we grew to love won’t be completely butchered to pieces.
But then I do find a part of me losing faith in it already hearing that Todd Graff, the guy responsible for The Beautician and the Beast starring Fran Drescher will be working on the project as writer and producer. Like seriously WTF? I’ll be surprised if it makes a full season.
Do you think The Notebook TV series has flop written all over it?