Netflix Buys Rights to YA Novel ‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before”

To All the Boys I've Loved Before author Jenny Han has fun with her book cover

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Young adult book and movie fans got some great news recently. The film adaptation of the hit YA rom-com novel, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before has finally found a home on Netflix.

And, we all love a good Netflix romantic comedy, right?

Author Jenny Han gleefully announced Netflix’s acquisition on Twitter:

The Long Road to Production

Overbrook Entertainment optioned the film rights as far back as June 2014. Overbrook is the production company owned by Will Smith and James Lassiter. Production for To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before finally began in July 2017, and the movie was filmed in Vancouver over last summer.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before Story Synopsis

Starring Lana Condor as 16-year-old protagonist Lara Jean Song, this heartwarming tale recalls all the angst and embarrassment of young love. Lara Jean documents her feelings of unrequited love by writing letters to boys she’s in love with. There’s five of them in all.

But the letters are only meant for her eyes. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before follows Lara Jean as she discovers that somehow, these letters were mailed out.

In particular is one letter she wrote to neighbor Josh Sanderson. Lara Jean had a crush on Josh, even though he ended up dating her older sister, Margot.

When Margot heads to Scotland for college and breaks it off with him, Lara Jean finds her feelings for Josh returning. This results in Lara Jean penning a postscript to the original letter written when she was fourteen.

Soon after, another boy she’d written to, Peter Kavinsky, tells her that he doesn’t have an STD. This odd remark makes Lara Jean realize that Peter somehow received the letter she’d written to him in eighth grade. Searching desperately, she discovers that the special hatbox where she kept the letters is missing.

So, when Josh shows up to her house to ask about the letter he received, she hides. When he finally asks about the letter, she lies and tells him she no longer cares for him. In fact, she’s dating someone.

Working in collusion with Peter, Lara Jean saves face with Josh by pretending that Peter is her new boyfriend. Things go from bad to worse in this love triangle. Sister Margot finds out about her sisters feelings for her ex-boyfriend.

Casting for To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

The To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before Twitter account has published a number of great behind-the-scenes photos from the filming. The photos include members of the cast and crew. Check them out below, if you haven’t seen them yet.

Star Lana Condor is a Vietnamese-American actress who rose to prominence as Jubilee in 2016’s X-Men: Apocalypse.

The movie also stars Noah Centineo as Peter Kavinsky. Centineo won a Teen Choice Award for his role as Jesus Adams Foster in the 2013 movie, the Fosters.

In To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, Israel Broussard plays crush Josh Sanderson. Broussard has appeared previously in the well-known television shows Fear the Walking Dead and Sons of Anarchy.

Anna Cathcart plays Lara’s younger sister, Kitty.

Janel Parrish, best known for her role as Mona Vanderwaal in Pretty Little Liars, plays older sister, Margot.

A Trilogy of New Movies to Come?

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before spent 40 weeks on the New York Times best seller list. Publishers worldwide have also released the book in multiple languages.

The popularity of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before resulted in two sequels from Jenny Han. These include P.S. I Still Love You and Always and Forever, Lara Jean. This is the first Jenny Han for book selected for film adaptation. However, considering the number of fans, it probably won’t be the last.

Sofia Alvarez adapted To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before was adapted to screen. Alvarez worked as writer and story editor for the television series, Man Seeking Woman.

Director Susan Johnson has received several award wins and nominations for her previous work, including independent films Carrie Pilby and Destiny Stalled.

Add To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before to the fast-growing list of popular films and TV shows on Netflix perfect for teens and young adults. Netflix hasn’t announced a release date yet, but speculation targets it for the perfect summer romance movie.

Featured Image: Author Jenny Han recreates the official cover of her novel for Facebook fans.

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