To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before will officially get a sequel, Viacom has confirmed.
The romantic comedy, based on the 2014 novel by Jenny Han and starring Lana Condor and Noah Centineo, follows Lara, who discovers that the love letters for every boy she’s ever had a crush on – five in total – are mysteriously mailed out. Lara never intended to send them – so surely life, as she knows it, is over?
The result has become one of Netflix’s most popular original movies, winning fans over the world for its diverse cast and realistic characters.
“The result sits alongside Love, Simon this year as a growing generation of high school movies that reflect what real life is actually like, not only in terms of diverse casting and choice of stories but also in terms of sincere, feel-good emotions,” we wrote in our review. “The really feel-good news? The novel is the first of three books about [protagonist] Lara Jean Covey. Start writing your letters to Netflix now to ask them to complete the trilogy.”
Fans certainly have done that, and Netflix has noticed, announcing “strong repeat viewing” among subscribers, with more than 80 million people watching one or more of its collection of Summer of Love rom-coms released in 2018. It is no surprise, then, that rumours have long been afoot of a possible second film, although Jenny Han dismissed news headlines of a confirmed sequel, with the green light still not yet given.
Now, Viacom CEO Bob Bakish has confirmed the sequel is going ahead. It will be the first title in Netflix’s new multi-picture deal with Paramount, which was signed last month, following separate agreements for Netflix to release both The Cloverfield Paradox and Annihilation internationally.
Viacom, at the time, said that they were in discussions about possible titles. With AwesomenessTV, which produced To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, acquired by Viacom earlier this year, the romantic comedy’s follow-up is a natural fit for their arrangement. Bakish said the sequel “might have a sexier title over time”, as he announced the sequel during the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference in New York.