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Fans of The Notebook have waited even longer for a sequel to the beloved movie than Allie waited for Noah.
Some of them rejoiced recently when news broke that The Notebook 2 was already set to film on the North Carolina coast.
"The very popular 2004 romantic drama film The Notebook is finally getting a sequel," reported the website WBN10. "Producers of the upcoming film confirmed the news today and announced that filming will begin in Jacksonville, North Carolina this summer."
It later continues with some key details, sure to excite locals: "The film will take place primarily in the Jacksonville area and will film on location there as well. A casting call for extras will reportedly take place in the Jacksonville area in a couple of months."
We were intrigued, and broke out a box of tissues just in case the tears started flowing.
It wouldn’t be too crazy of an announcement. Sequels are all the rage in Hollywood these days, and North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper has said he wants to bring back the state’s tax credit for film projects – a campaign promise we’ve rated as In The Works on our Coop-O-Meter.
What’s more, Nicholas Sparks – author of "The Notebook" and other popular books – lives in New Bern, not far from Jacksonville. Many of his books are set in North Carolina, and a few of the film versions have been shot here, too, including "A Walk To Remember," "Safe Haven" and "The Longest Ride."
The state’s official tourism bureau even has a guide for a three-day trip around eastern North Carolina, which it calls "A Nicholas Sparks Tour of the North Carolina Coast."
And Sparks has written a sequel to The Notebook, which is called The Wedding and hasn’t been made into a movie – yet.
The stars seemed to align for this rumor. But sadly, it’s fake news.
A quick search online led to something almost as good as a real movie announcement – a video clip of Conan O’Brien and Ryan Reynolds reenacting The Notebook’s famous kissing-in-the-rain scene, which they jokingly claimed was a trailer for The Notebook 2.
This sequel, they said, would be starring Reynolds in the place of Ryan Gosling and O’Brien in the place of Rachel McAdams.
So we were pretty sure his Notebook 2 announcement was a joke.
But the article circulating about Jacksonville and the film was not nearly so satirical.
It correctly named the director of the first film and the place in South Carolina where it was filmed, it gives a brief outline of the plot and has several quotes from unnamed producers from the unnamed company that was allegedly behind the film.
The website does contain a disclaimer that it’s a satirical site, but it takes an extra click or two to find and isn’t immediately obvious.
And just in case the website had accidentally stumbled onto the truth, we checked with the people who would know if there actually are plans for this movie in the works.
Alas, they say, there’s no Notebook 2.
"We have not been contacted by this production," said Johnny Griffin, director of the Wilmington Regional Film Commission in eastern North Carolina.
He would know; his office was in charge of collecting resumes from local crew members the last time a Sparks movie actually filmed in the area – which was "The Longest Ride" in 2014.
And the N.C. Department of Commerce, which oversees the N.C. Film Office, said there was no Notebook 2 project anywhere in the state.
"The Film Office is not working on/with any "Notebook 2" project," Commerce Department spokesman David Rhoades said in an email.
No, there isn’t a sequel to The Notebook being filmed in North Carolina. Not everything that looks like legitimate news actually is.
Even if it’s a story about your long-lost love repairing the home he once promised would be yours, be sure to double-check if it’s true.
We rate this claim Pants On Fire!
Editor’s note: PolitiFact North Carolina examined the origins of this claim as part of the inaugural International Fact-Checking Day, April 2, 2017. Organizers at Poynter.org describe the day as "not a single event but a rallying cry for more facts - and fact-checking - in politics, journalism, and everyday life."
Email interview with David Rhoades, NC Commerce Department spokesman
Email interview with Johnny Griffin, director of the Wilmington Regional Film Commission, Inc.
PolitiFact North Carolina, Coop-O-Meter update, March 1, 2017, "Restore film tax credits"
MTV News, Nov. 3, 2016, "RYAN REYNOLDS IS THE NEW RYAN GOSLING IN THE NOTEBOOK 2"
Snopes, March 9, 2016, "The Notebook 2"
WRAL-TV, March 27, 2014, "Nicholas Sparks' film to shoot in Wilmington"
Buzzfeed, April 12, 2016, "Rachel McAdams And Ryan Gosling Had The Absolute Best Kiss Of All Time"
State tourism division, Visit NC, A Nicholas Sparks Tour of the North Carolina Coast
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