When Jenny Han signed the movie deal for her young-adult ebook “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before,” she hoped the movie model would fulfill followers of the written collection.
However it did much more than that — when the film premiered on Netflix in 2018, it grew to become a sensation, with a reported 80 million folks tuning in, and making in a single day stars of its younger solid of then-unknowns: Noah Centineo, 24, and Lana Condor, 23. The much-anticipated second installment, “To All of the Boys: P.S. I Nonetheless Love You,” was launched final February, solely fanning the flames of its fandom.
Now, the third and remaining film is ready to premiere on Friday. Han, who is predicated in Brooklyn and printed the primary ebook within the trilogy in 2014, can’t wait.
“I’m excited for the followers to lastly get to see this final film,” Han, 40, instructed The Put up. We shot [movies] 2 and three again to again, and all of us have simply been ready to have the ability to share this remaining story.”
Han, who’s an govt producer on the movies, mentioned that the reception has been “past my wildest goals . . . I by no means would have anticipated that it will discover such a large viewers.”
The trilogy’s plot follows the candy-colored fake relationship turned actual between excessive schoolers Lara Jean Covey (Condor), a shy romantic with a watch for quirky trend, and jock with a coronary heart of gold Peter Kavinsky (Centineo). The second movie noticed the couple overcome a problem within the type of one other potential suitor for Lara Jean, and the third and remaining film — known as “To All of the Boys: At all times and Without end” — follows Lara Jean and Peter as they end highschool.
Han attributed the franchise’s success to a number of components — together with the style’s renaissance.
“I believe that folks had been prepared for the resurgence of romantic comedies,” she mentioned.
As Han factors out, Netflix has been on the helm of reviving the rom-com, with the warmhearted first “To All of the Boys” film premiering across the identical time as different Netflix hits together with “Set it Up” and “The Kissing Sales space.” “At all times Be My Possibly,” starring Ali Wong and Randall Park, adopted.
Now, viewers are drooling over the sultry and candy interval collection “Bridgerton.”
Han mentioned she’s delighted by the style’s comeback.
“A few years in the past, folks thought the rom-com was lifeless. It was massive price range movies and Marvel films that had been reigning on the field workplace. For me, that was a pity, as a result of I really like romantic comedies, and I actually missed them,” Han mentioned, citing favorites akin to “The Chopping Edge,” “Bridget Jones’s Diary,” and “Sleepless in Seattle.”
However now that “To All of the Boys” is ending, will this new period fade? Not if Han has something to do with it.
“The largest manner that ‘To All of the Boys’ has modified my life actually is in additional alternatives for my profession and doorways being opened up for me. I’ve been writing books for a very long time, so it’s been actually thrilling to step out and create new challenges for myself,” she mentioned.
She’s writing an episode of an upcoming Shonda Rhimes anthology series on Netflix known as “Notes on Love,” and on Monday, it was introduced that Han’s first ebook trilogy, written earlier than “To All of the Boys,” is getting an Amazon adaptation. Referred to as “The Summer I Turned Pretty” and first printed in 2009, the story follows a teen woman caught in a love triangle between two brothers. Han wrote the pilot and can function the co-showrunner of the eight-episode collection, too. No premiere date or solid has been introduced but — however Han mentioned it’s what’s holding her busy lately.
“I’ve been engaged on this adaptation for a number of years now, and it’s been good to have a secret venture to toil over, particularly in the course of the pandemic,” she mentioned. “I’ve lived with these characters for therefore a few years that it’s a thrill to deliver them to the display.”