The CW is developing a romantic drama series based on Nicholas Sparks’ novel The Notebook and there is a good chance it could be filmed in Vancouver.
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The 2004 film adaptation starring Canadian actors Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams grossed most of its worldwide box office earnings right here in Canada (over $80 million out of $115 million worldwide). The Notebook isn’t the only one with ties to Canada, as much of the programming on The CW is filmed in Vancouver or Toronto.
Vancouver productions and The CW have a good relationship based on longevity and success. Smallville ran for an epic 10 seasons and Supernatural is entering its 11th! Shorter-lived series shot in Vancouver include Hellcats, Cult, The Tomorrow People and The Secret Circle.
More recent and successful gems for the network also filmed in Vancouver include superhero series Arrow and The Flash.
If greenlit, The Notebook would be the network’s second period drama / romance series next to Reign which has been filmed in Toronto and Ireland and is entering a 3rd season. If Vancouver can pull off a post-WWII & late 1940’s setting in North Carolina then the odds are in this city’s favour.
Written by Amar Mirchandani @amarmirch