But wait. We know how it ends. No matter. The CW thinks there’s plenty to wring out of the wet hankie that is “The Notebook,” the 2004 Nicholas Sparks romance that starred Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling. Entertainment Weekly reports that the cable series would follow Allie and Noah “against the backdrop of the racial politics, economic inequities and social mores of post-World War II of the late 1940s in North Carolina.” But the series won’t include the framing device of the sweet elderly couple (James Garner and Gena Rowlands in the movie). Well then, what’s the point?
‘Devil’ made them do it
Aside from newspapers, my favorite nonfiction is the work of Erik Larson. And Larson’s best book is 2003’s “The Devil in the White City,” which tells two intertwined tales from 1893: the architect who built a world’s fair in Chicago and the serial killer who lured young women at the fair to their deaths. Great stuff for a movie, right? But it has languished in development hell for years, with Tom Cruise coming and going. Now to the rescue comes Leonardo DiCaprio, who will play the killer, and his go-to director, Martin Scorsese, says The Hollywood Reporter. Billy Ray (“Captain Phillips,” “The Hunger Games”) will write the screenplay. Don’t mess this up, guys.
To mark this week’s anniversary of Robin Williams’ death, Entertainment Weekly looks back on the sequel that might have been: another “Mrs. Doubtfire.” “We said for years that we would never do it,” director Chris Columbus told the magazine recently. “Then somebody came up with a really interesting idea, and we agreed to develop a script.” He wouldn’t reveal how they would have followed up on the story of the divorced dad who reconnects with his kids by posing as a nanny. But, he said, there’s no way anyone could ever take the place of Robin Williams.
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