Here's a thing you might not know about movie news - rumours, very often, are true when you first hear them.
It's only when time elapses that you realise that what you heard was either true at the time, something planned or just something floated and taken up as fact. It's incredibly difficult to discern the fact from the fiction; you have to speculate on what that actor or director is currently doing, is it possible for them to do a certain film or TV series? Would they be likely to do it even?
On and on it goes. However, here's one rumour we can squash right here, right now with a certain degree of confidence. The Notebook 2? Not happening. Not now. Unlikely in the future. Just, no.
Reports have cropped up a number of times that The Notebook 2 has entered production in the likes of Florida with original director Nick Cassavetes slated to return. A more recent one even said that Nicholas Sparks handed in the first draft of his screenplay for the follow-up to the romantic classic and even more wilder rumours say that Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams have both signed on and that it's begun filming in a range of rural areas in the US.
So The Notebook 2 is being filmed in Fort Worth, Tx... Not even sure how to follow up that statement to describe my excitement :')
— Harper Clements (@harper_clements) March 22, 2016
Again, lies, lies, lies. Let's break this thing down. Nick Cassavetes is currently in the middle of filming the Road House remake with Ronda Rousey, so he's definitely not starting The Notebook 2. That's point one. Nicholas Sparks, likewise, has just finished up See Me in 2015 and is unlikely to crack right into another script. Also, the MAJORITY of his films have all been critically panned so why would he stick his head into the lion's mouth again?
the notebook 2 is gunna be filmed in fort worth txðŸ˜?
— savannah Fleck (@ssavannahsmilez) March 20, 2016
Let's look at Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams. Ryan Gosling is set to star in Denis Villeneuve's sequel to Blade Runner. Also, he did The Notebook as his career was beginning. There's no way - NO WAY - he needs to go back to the well for this. Rachel McAdams, meanwhile, has Marvel's Doctor Strange and probably some very cool indie project squirreled away as well.
The main source of these repeated rumours keep coming from hoax websites, such as thatsthewayitis.net, Aly News, KY6 News, etc., who have teeny-tiny disclaimers on their site that their news articles are a fantasy. People, of course, keep regurgitating them on Twitter and then it begins to pick up a bit of steam.
So, once and for all, let's put this to bed - THE NOTEBOOK 2 IS NOT HAPPENING. RETURN TO YOUR HOMES AND DISPERSE. NOTHING TO SEE HERE. DISPERSE.