The CW is developing The Notebook, an hour-long drama series based on the Nicholas Sparks novel and the feature film of the same name, TVWise has confirmed.
As first reported by EW, the 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.
This TV adaptation is in VERY early development and has only received a script commitment (rather than put pilot or a pilot order), with Todd Graff set to pen the adaption. Nicholas Sparks Productions are producing The Notebook in association with Warner Bros. Television. Todd Graff, Theresa Park and Nicholas Sparks are serving as executive producers.
If this project moves forward, it would mark the first TV series adaptation of a Sparks novel to come about since the launch of Nicholas Sparks Productions, which was set up with the sole purpose of pursuing TV and feature film opportunities for Sparks’ vast catalogue of novels.
Notably, this is the first major buy for The CW this development season and is something of an interesting one as the network only has one other period drama, Reign. One of the other major titles on the network’s current development slate is a new take on Little Women, which is envisioned as being a “hyper-stylized, gritty adaptation” of the Louisa May Alcott novel.