Nicholas Sparks extending his tear-jerking empire to television
The company, Nicholas Sparks Productions, has put three projects into development at TNT, ABC Family and Lifetime, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Seven of Sparks' romantic novels have been turned into feature films. An eighth, "Safe Haven," starring Josh Duhamel and Julianne Hough, is due in theaters early next year.
The TNT show, "A Bend in the Road," is based on his novel about a recently widowed sheriff in a tourist town in Georgia and his relationship with his son's teacher. Brandon Camp ("John Doe," the Sparks-ian "Love Happens") will write the pilot and executive produce with Sparks and his partner, Theresa Park.
At Lifetime, Sparks will exec produce a drama called "Deliverance Creek," about a woman trying to hold her family together in the aftermath of the Civil War. Melissa Carter ("Little Black Book") is writing it.
The ABC Family project is a contemporary Romeo-and-Juliet story called "The Falls," which John Norris ("One Tree Hill," "Jane by Design") is writing.