For how many episodes can a star-crossed couple canoodle in a downpour?
The CW aims to explore that question via a pilot adaptation of The Notebook, the 1996 Nicholas Sparks novel that in 2004 was turned into a beloved motion picture starring Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams.
As reported by EW.com, the official logline says the drama will follow the characters of Noah and Allie 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.”
Of course, the sweeping romance is famously, heartbreakingly told — SPOILER ALERT? — in flashback, as an elderly Noah (played in the film by James Garner) reads from a journal compiled by Allie, who (played by Gena Rowlands) now suffers from Alzheimer’s.
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Sparks, whose shingle is co-producing the project with Warner Bros. TV, will serve as an executive producer, while Todd Graff (Joyful Noise? Bandslam…?) will pen the adaptation.
“The Notebook is a very, very well-received book and motion picture,” CW president Mark Pedowitz told reporters Tuesday during the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills. “It is going to be set after World War II. At this point, the pilot is not done. I do not believe we’re going to see the older couple. But things change, and we’re just now in the development stage.”
Ready, set, cast your small-screen versions of Gosling and McAdams! (Hey, who said “Wilson Bethel and Rachel Bilson”?)