Acclaimed author Nicholas Sparks will officially make the jump to TV next year with his post-Civil War drama Deliverance Creek. Lifetime has ordered a two-hour movie that will serve as a backdoor pilot for the potential series.
Deliverance Creek, from Nicholas Sparks Productions and Warner Horizon Television, is a period project set at the end of the Civil War. The series follows main character Belle Barlowe, a woman facing an uncertain future; attempting to defend her family’s land by any means necessary. When the corrupt bank that runs their town pushes Belle into becoming an outlaw, the stakes become personal, setting off a chain of events that force her to question whether it’s better to be good or to survive.
Melissa Carter (Jane By Design) will write and executive produce. Sparks and longtime literary agent Theresa Park will also produce through Nicholas Sparks Productions along with Elise Henderson.
With a slate of best-selling novels that went on to achieve box office success such as A Walk to Remember, Nights in Rodanthe, Dear John and The Notebook, it’s no surprise that Sparks would try his hand at television.
Last fall, Sparks shopped three projects around to the cable networks; Deliverance Creek at Lifetime and two other dramas with ABC Family and TNT. The Falls, a modern re-imagining of Romeo and Juliet was shopped to ABC Family. TNT has Bend in the Road, based on his novel of the same name. The romantic drama focuses on a sheriff in a southern coastal town who must deal with various problems as tourists enter for the season.