It wasn't over. It still isn't over! More than a decade after Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams brought audiences to tears with their performances in The Notebook, Noah Calhoun and Allie Hamilton are set to stage a comeback on the small screen.
As first reported by Entertainment Weekly, the CW is developing a TV series based on the romantic drama — which itself was based on Nicholas Sparks' book of the same name. Sparks will serve as an executive producer on the project.
Mark Pedowitz, president of The CW, said during a TCA panel that he's "thrilled" the best-selling author wanted to work with the network. "The Notebook is a very, very well-received book and motion picture. It is going to be set after World War II," Pedowitz told reporters on Aug. 11. "At this point the pilot's not done — I do not believe we are going to see the older couple…Things change, we are now at the very beginning of the development stage."
EW says 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 racial politics, economic inequities, and social mores of post-World War II of the late 1940s in North Carolina."
Gosling and McAdams first brought Noah and Allie to life back in 2004, in director Nick Cassavetes' now-classic tearjerker. On-screen, the two couldn't have seemed more in love. But offscreen, they butted heads in a big way.
"Maybe I'm not supposed to tell this story, but they were really not getting along one day on set. Really not," Cassavetes told VH1 last year, around the time of the film's 10th anniversary. "And Ryan came to me…and he says, 'Nick come here.' And he's doing a scene with Rachel and he says, 'Would you take her out of here and bring in another actress to read off camera with me?' I said, 'What?' He says, 'I can't. I can't do it with her. I'm just not getting anything from this.'"
The two ended up going into a room with a producer and "screaming and yelling at each other," Cassavetes recalled. "And it got better after that. They had it out…I think Ryan respected her for standing up for her character and Rachel was happy to get that out in the open. The rest of the film wasn't smooth sailing, but it was smoother sailing."
As fans know, of course, the tension between them ultimately turned romantic. Gosling and McAdams dated from 2005 to 2007, with a brief reunion in 2008.
"God bless The Notebook. It introduced me to one of the great loves of my life," the Crazy Stupid Love actor said in 2007. "But people do Rachel and me a disservice by assuming we were anything like the people in that movie. Rachel and my love story is a hell of a lot more romantic than that."
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