According to Entertainment Weekly, a small-screen adaptation of the best-selling 1996 book and 2005 tearjerker that launched Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams‘ careers (and love affair—sigh) is in the works at The CW, although it won’t be 100 percent true to the original story.
Although the show is still in early development, The CW says it 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.”
So, don’t pull out the tissues just yet— it looks like the TV version might leave out—spoiler alert!—Allie’s Alzheimer’s, and instead focus on the couple’s younger years that the film skipped over.
“I don’t believe we’re going to see the older couple—what they become,” The CW president Mark Pedowitz said at the Television Critics Association press tour.
The Notebook author Nicholas Sparks‘ will act as an executive producer, and Todd Graff, writer behind the teen musical “Camp,” will write and produce the adaptation.
This sounds great and all, but before production moves forward we’d like to put in a formal request that Gosling and McAdams reprise their beloved roles—or at the very least return for a cameo.