Today might be a great day to invest in some Kleenex stock, readers! That's because Lifetime has given the greenlight to the latest drama project from master of the tearjerker Nicholas Sparks, a two-hour pilot which could lead to a series.
The period piece 'Deliverance Creek' follows Belle Barlowe as she attempts to defend her land during the tumultuous period around the end of the Civil War. A corrupt bank and its officials who run Belle's small hometown is intent on pushing her off her family's property, and our heroine is left at a moral crossroads: turn over the land to the bank, or do right by her family and defend their land by any means necessary--even if it means becoming an outlaw.
The Civil War drama is one of three projects which the author has set up at Lifetime, TNT and ABC Family. 'Jane by Design' and 'Little Black Book' writer Melissa Carter is set to pen the script for the pilot, executive producing alongside Sparks and his literary agent Theresa Park.
If it's anything like Sparks' previous projects, expect plenty of heartache and heartbreak along the way. The author has perfected the craft of making an effective tear-jerker, having penned best-selling novels 'The Notebook,' 'A Walk to Remember,' 'Dear John,' and 'Message in a Bottle,' among others. Many of his novels have gone on to major big screen success, and no doubt Lifetime is banking on Sparks' latest project to do the same for their network.