Talk about timing! Hot on the heels of today's news that even Time thinks that Ryan Gosling is the coolest person of the year comes word that "The Notebook" is heading to the stage. No word on whether or not the former Mickey Mouseketeer will be singing and dancing on Broadway, but whoever takes on the role of Noah has some sexy shoes to fill.
Nicholas Sparks, the author of "The Notebook" and other tearjerky novels-turned-movies like "Nights in Rodanthe," "Dear John," and "The Last Song," is a pro when it comes to dealing with Hollywood. His novel "The Best of Me," about two old flames who rekindle the fires at a funeral (hot!!), has already been optioned by Warner Bros.
As for "The Notebook" musical, Sparks said they're still in the development stage of things. He told CBS that working with Broadway producers isn't all that different from movie bigwigs. "The best way that I've always found, and it's what I've done in Hollywood or whether it's working with the publishers that I've worked with for a long time is to work with people that you really trust who understand what it's about and they want to take that and mold it into something new."
However, don't hold your breath for any more details about Noah and Allie's stage debut for the time being. They're not yet to the casting stage yet; next up is casting for the film adaptation of "Safe Haven," then "The Best of Me," and then the musical. Sparks is nothing if not prolific and busy.