Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried in Dear JohnWell played, Nicholas Sparks.

The man known for reducing readers to weeping messes with his unapologetically romantic novels -- which are then adapted into movies, which in turn reduce moviegoers into weeping messes (see 'The Notebook' and 'Message in a Bottle' for examples) -- seems to have done it again with 'Dear John.' Watch the exclusive trailer after the jump. Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried in Dear JohnWell played, Nicholas Sparks.

The man known for reducing readers to weeping messes with his unapologetically romantic novels -- which are then adapted into movies, which in turn reduce moviegoers into weeping messes (see 'The Notebook' and 'Message in a Bottle' for examples) -- seems to have done it again with 'Dear John.'

If the brand new trailer -- which, ahem, can be viewed exclusively on Moviefone -- is any indication, the adaptation of Sparks' 2006 novel just might be the next 'Notebook.' It's directed by 'Cider House Rules' Oscar nominee Lasse Hallstrom, and casts two couldn't-be-hotter-right-now young actors, Channing Tatum ('G.I. Joe') and Amanda Seyfried ('Mama Mia'), as star-crossed lovers John and Savannah, who meet and quickly fall for each other one spring while John is on leave from the Army and Savannah is on spring break from college.

Watch the exclusive 'Dear John' trailer premiere:

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'Dear John' poster premiere


Of course, they don't live happily ever after just yet. Their love is tested when John reenlists in the Army after 9/11 and their only means of communication is a series of letters that Savannah always begins with (you guessed it) "Dear John." We won't spoil the plot by going into any further details, but let's just say a lot of sad AND uplifting stuff happens thereafter. Oh yeah, and we dare you not to get at least a couple chills when Snow Patrol's 'Set the Fire to the Third Bar' kicks in at the end of the trailer.

The movie hits theaters on Feb. 5, 2010 -- just in case all you couples out there are looking for an epic romance/good cry for Valentine's Day.