Netflix's To All the Boys I've Loved Before movie is a successful YA rom-com, so we discuss whether the streaming service will give it a sequel - and, if so, what it would be about. Based on Jenny Han's young adult novel of the same name, To All the Boys I've Loved Before focuses on Lara Jean Covey (Lana Condor), a high school student and hopeless romantic whose life gets incredibly complicated when her private love letters are sent out. Lara Jean wrote five love letters to the boys she crushed on throughout her young life, including her older sister Margot's (Janel Parrish) boyfriend, Josh (Israel Broussard), and popular boy Peter Kavinsky (Noah Centineo). In order to convince Josh she doesn't love him, Lara Jean and Peter enter into a fake relationship, though both teens start to develop real feelings.
After hitting Netflix on August 17, reviews for To All the Boys I've Loved Before and plenty of word-of-mouth praise from viewers helped propel the movie to trend on social media throughout its first weekend. The movie hit a chord with many and, along with the success of other romantic comedies like Crazy Rich Asians and Set it Up, is helping to usher in a new wave of popularity for the genre. So, with To All the Boys I've Loved Before finding such success with critics and casual watchers alike, many may be wondering: Will Netflix make a sequel?
Since Netflix follows a much different model than typical movie studios - meaning, they don't depend on both box office intake and reviews to determine a film's success - it's a little more difficult to predict whether they'll make a sequel to To All the Boys I've Loved Before. Undoubtedly, it was a hit with critics, holding a 95 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a score of 62 on Metacritic. However, while the narrative surrounding the movie is that many viewers have streamed it multiple times, since Netflix doesn't release specific user data, it's unclear how exactly it compares to their more popular fare like Bright or The Cloverfield Paradox.
With that said, Netflix has a reputation for giving its subscribers what they want. The streaming service has revived multiple television series that were cancelled by traditional cable networks, most famously with Arrested Development, but more recently with Lucifer. Even when the streamer makes decisions that receive backlash - like the cancellation of Sense8 - Netflix is willing to compromise, as they did by giving Sense8 a two-hour series finale movie. Further, in the instances in which Netflix has cancelled shows, it's generally been because the costs of producing that show outweighed the number of viewers. Between the reception of To All the Boys I've Loved Before and Netflix's aim to listen to what its users want, along with the relatively low production costs of rom-coms compared to the seemingly high number of views of the first film, it's incredibly likely the streaming company will green light a sequel.
If Netflix does begin development on a To All the Boys I've Loved Before sequel, a follow-up has source material to work off since Han wrote a whole trilogy about Lara Jean. The second novel, P.S. I Still Love You, sees Lara Jean and Peter contend with another letter recipient coming back into her life, while the third book - Always and Forever, Lara Jean - features the titular character dealing with deciding where to go to college and how her relationships factor into that decision. So, since there are still two books Netflix could potentially adapt as follow-ups, the streaming service has reason to green light a sequel.
Whether or not Netflix does announce a sequel to To All the Boys I've Loved Before - and, if so, when it arrives - remains to be seen. However, according to director Susan Johnson in an interview with ET, Netflix will likely make a decision 28 days after the film's original launch. So news of a sequel may arrive as soon as mid-September. For now, fans of To All the Boys I've Loved Before will have to wait and see.
- To All the Boys I've Loved Before (2018) release date: Aug 17, 2018