The film industry is now scrambling to adapt to the huge growth of streaming platforms.
Earlier this month, Paramount Pictures CEO Jim Gianopulos announced that the studio had made a deal with Netflix to produce a slate of new movies directly for the streaming service, following the success of films like To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, a lovely and popular adaptation that Paramount had handed off to Netflix after acquiring the Awesomeness media company earlier in the year.
Unsurprising, then, that the first film to be officially pushed out into the sunlight by Paramount and Netflix this week under the new deal is a sequel to the successful rom-com.
Based on the first one (and a half) of Jenny Tan’s book series, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before charted a mortified high school student’s experience of connecting – and reconnecting – with her past crushes, as each of them received a cathartic letter declaring her affections for them, that she absolutely never intended to send.
Whether director Susan Johnson or rising stars Lana Condor and Noah Centineo will be back for the sequel isn’t yet official, but it’s a safe bet. A second movie is likely to centre on the same characters, but the story could potentially move away from the books.
Whatever’s decided while the movie is in development, the earliest we’re likely to see it land on Netflix is in 2020.
This news arrived as production companies A24 (Lady Bird, Hereditary, Moonlight) and Blumhouse Television signed similar deals with Apple and Amazon respectively.
We’ll bring you more on the To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before sequel as we get it.