Mandy Moore would love to see a reboot of ‘A Walk To Remember’ starring Olivia Rodrigo. Released in 2002, with Karen Janszen writing the script and Adam Shankman directing, A Walk To Remember was based on the Nicholas Sparks novel of the same name. The coming-of-age romantic drama traces how a cynical high school student (played by Shane West) falls for Jamie Sullivan (Moore), a girl he has known for most of his life; though he begins to fall for her after the two perform in a school play. The pair soon enter into a romantic relationship, which proves to be deeply meaningful, altering the way they perceive the world.
A Walk To Remember had mixed fortunes upon its release in 2002. Though it was a success at the box office, earning four times its reported budget of $11.8 million, it received largely negative reviews. Though critics praised the performances of Moore and West, it was noted that the story too often followed the predictable paths of a tearjerker drama. Nonetheless, in the decades since, the early aughts film has received a bit of a reprisal from new fans, who have placed it alongside 2004’s The Notebook as a worthwhile Sparks adaptation.
In addition to starring as Nini Roberts on the High School Musical spinoff series for Disney+, Rodrigo has seen her music career skyrocket over the past year. Her debut single, “Driver’s License,” reached the top of the charts worldwide and led to waves of discussion online about its meaning and importance. Other singles such as “Good 4 U” and “Deja Vu” were similarly massive successes. The release of her debut album, titled “Sour,” continued the star's upward trajectory. The album broke records, while also garnering widespread praise for Rodrigo’s talents as a songwriter.