Nicholas Sparks just keeps bringing new joy into our lives. The trailer for his newest film The Lucky One got lots of attention for its beefed-up Zac Efron; and now the author revealed to CBS News that probably his most beloved novel, The Notebook, will be made into a musical. Sparks told the interviewers that there are plenty of ideas he’s said no to — like setting a love story on the Titanic – because they’ve already been done, but a musical is new ground for him.
He warned that it’s still a long way off, but the experience of adaptation is fun:
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.
Obviously, The Notebook is going to be some sort of musical and a lot of fun to be involved in that process, too.
It’s too bad that stars Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling can’t sing, because we’d love to see them recreate their roles. Ironically, Sparks is casting for his films Safe Haven and The Best of Me before even landing on actors for The Notebook, so there’s a while for people to put forward their favorites. One thing you can be sure of—the Noah/Allie kiss will take on an even more mythical quality, like the Dirty Dancing lift of our generation. (Not that Dirty Dancing was a musical, but you get it.)