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Netflix’s movie adaptation of Jenny Han’s To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before was one of the streamer’s breakout romcoms last summer and quickly became one of its most-viewed original films, with strong repeat viewing numbers: Netflix revealed earlier this week that To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before had the second-highest rewatch rate of any 2018 Netflix film.
The tumultuous love story of Lara Jean Covey (Lana Condor) and Peter Kavinsky (Noah Centineo) amassed a cult-like following, delighting everyone from preteens to adults alike. Further, the overarching narrative of the Song sisters (and the Asian-American representation contained in that) brought a heartwarming dimension to the story. Basically, it’s great and you should watch it if you’re one of the few who haven’t yet.
Fans, between watching and rewatching the movie, have been begging for a sequel. Stars, between trying to break the internet—see below—and successfully moving up through the world of film, have been begging for a sequel. Finally, Netflix has given us some hope for a follow-up.
SO: I propose we break the internet with this as to insure we get a sequel… feel me? @toalltheboysnetflix
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Read on for everything we know about the potential P.S. I Still Love You.
This is (probably) not a drill
As confirmed by Deadline, the highly anticipated follow-up was “one of the first movies being discussed” in Paramount Pictures and Netflix’s new multi-picture deal. The ink is practically still wet on this deal, so the streamer might take a few weeks to officially announce the sequel. However, both sides of the deal are clearly interested, and, well, the internet is, too.
Just clarify whether or not Condor and Centineo will return
As the potential sequel was literally just announced days ago, the cast is still unknown. However, looking at the success of the first film and the novel itself, there are a few likely returning members.
Both sides of the first movie’s leading love story, Condor and Centineo, have blown up since first appearing on the streamer, with the former on sci-fi show Deadly Class and the latter gearing up for an appearance in the forthcoming Charlie’s Angels reboot. Regardless, both have expressed interest in returning, with Centineo summing it up well in an interview with Variety: “All I know is that every single person involved in the making of that film wants a sequel. We’ve all talked about it in depth. I’ll do as many as they want me!” It would be absolutely absurd at this point to recast either, considering the obsessive following both have amassed—teenage girls and otherwise.
As far as supporting roles, the Song sisters, Margot (Janel Parrish) and Kitty (Anna Cathcart), are likely to return as well. At the very least, we’ll likely see more of Cathcart, whose perfect embodiment of the sass-filled, conspiring little sister was the hero we all needed. There’s a decent chance we will see John Corbett reprise his role as Dr. Covey, and potentially in a larger role. Covey has a love interest in the second novel, so it will be interesting to see how that (if at all) plays out in Netflix’s adaptation.
Finally, for those who caught the post-credits scene following the first movie, new character John Ambrose McClaren, model U.N. recipient of Lara Jean’s final letter, is definitely going to be in the sequel (with his arrival likely shaking things up a bit between LJ and Kavinsky, if the novels are anything to go by). In the post-credits scene, McClaren is played by Jordan Burtchett. While not confirmed, it would certainly make sense to bring back the actor to reprise his role—at least for the sake of continuity, if nothing else.
Spoilers? Read the books
For those not familiar, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before is actually the movie adaptation of author Jenny Han’s novel of the same name. That novel is the first in a trilogy, followed by P.S. I Still Love You and Always and Forever, Lara Jean.
If the movies are going to follow the plot of Han’s three novels, then the sequel is likely to pick up right where the first left off. While the first movie took some creative liberties (such as the hot tub scandal, which technically is in the second novel) to cleanly wrap up the narrative just in case a sequel didn’t happen, it’s still likely that the second movie will follow some of the trilogy’s major plot points.
Looking at the second novel, it’s probably not going to be all milkshakes and movie dates for Lara Jean and Peter. In the second book, the young couple face all kinds of conflict—from the introduction of McClaren to the ever-meddling Genevieve.
Basically, if you’re the spoiler-seeking type, your best bet is to read Han’s trilogy.
What’s going on behind the scenes?
Though not confirmed to be helming the second film, director Susan Johnson has definitely shown interest in returning to do so. Back in November, in a since-deleted Instagram post, Johnson prematurely announced the sequel via her caption: “Well, the cat’s out of the bag! Thanks for the support, everyone!!! It’s all you!”
The streamer quickly clarified that nothing was solidified at that point and Johnson’s post was removed. However, with the announcement that a sequel was likely on the way, Johnson took to Instagram again, once more clearly supporting the idea. While it isn’t officially announced yet, it would certainly be exciting to see the director’s return, given the successful work she did with the first.
Thanks to everyone who sent this article to me this morning. Sure looks like you got your wish!? Hope so! And thanks, again, for watching the film 100M times. You guys are THE best!!! PS caption this photo please. What a strange one to use, right? I’ll start: Noah: “This is definitely not what I ordered but I think I like it” Josh: “Don’t drink it too fast, brain freeze!” Lana: “These guys have no idea what the prop department did to their drinks”. :). Your turn!
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When will I know more?
Hopefully soon. Check back here for updates as the streamer (eventually, probably) announces details in the coming days.
It’s official: Netflix made their official announcement on Wednesday, Dec. 19, sharing a Condor- and Centineo-starring teaser to reveal the good news. You can see it below, and make sure you watch till the end, when Condor teases a new cast member who she says will make “the perfect John Ambrose.”