Nicholas Sparks, the novelist best known for his tearjerking romance novels (The Notebook, A Walk to Remember, Dear John), is going to produce movie about the friendship of Chicago Bears teammates Gale Sayers and Brian Piccolo, previously immortalized in the classic 1971 TV movie Brian's Song.
Reactions from sports fans probably won’t be kind because, for one, Brian’s Song is a classic and any pseudo-remake of a classic gets immediate internet hate these days. Also, The Notebook and Message in a Bottle aren’t exactly known as “guy movies”.
But still, the source material of of Brian’s Song, Sayer’s memoir Sayers: My Life And Times, has plenty of Nicholas Spark-sy elements in it. And it's the rights to that book -- not the TV movie -- that Sparks has bought. This is a story, after all, that ends with one side professing his love for the other (the original Brian’s Song poster even bills it as “a true story about love”), and (SPOILERS) Piccolo’s tragic untimely death from cancer is a staple in romance tearjerkers (A Walk to Remember is a good example).
No casting choices have been made. [Deadline]