Netflix has landed Let It Snow, a film adaptation of the YA Christmas rom-com novel. The streaming service has enjoyed unexpectedly huge success with its rom-com offerings this year, with The Kissing Booth and To All the Boys I've Loved Before ranking among Netflix's most rewatched original movies in 2018. Naturally, the company intends to build on their success by developing even more original romantic comedies, in addition to sequels to To All the Boys and (potentially) other hit Netflix rom-coms like Set It Up.
Among the rom-com properties that Netflix now owns is Let It Snow, a movie based on the novel Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances. The book is composed of three stories (John Green's "A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle", Maureen Johnson's "The Jubilee Express", and Lauren Myracle's "The Patron Saint of Pigs"), each of which follows a different teenager while a massive snow storm hits their small town, Gracetown, during the Christmas season. By the sound of it, all three will make the cut in the film version.
According to Deadline, Let It Snow will begin production in early 2019, with Luke Snellin (BBC's Wanderlust) directing in his feature debut. Snellin has actually been attached to helm the film since 2016, back when the project was still at Universal. The movie's initial script draft was written by Kay Cannon (Pitch Perfect 1-3), but was later revised by Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber - the same writing duo that adapted Green's novels The Fault in Our Stars and Paper Towns for the big screen, some years back.
Netflix isn't the only streaming service working on a John Green-related project right now. Hulu has its own adaptation in the works with Looking for Alaska, a limited series that's based on Green's novel and stars Kristine Froseth (Apostle) and Charlie Plummer (All the Money in the World). Previous screen adaptations of Green's books have been mostly successful in their efforts to bring the author's tear-jerking stories and YA themes to a wider audience, so the demand is clearly there for these productions. That goes double for Let It Snow, which is (relatively speaking) a happier and cheerier bit of YA storytelling than previous films based on Green's writing.
Of course, like everything Green works on, Let It Snow's stories have their fair share of teenage heartbreak, so the movie version shouldn't be lacking for substance. To All the Boys' success proves Netflix's viewers are game for YA rom-coms that mix cutesy humor with more serious subject matter, which also bodes well for Let It Snow. Assuming all the pieces come together smoothly, Let It Snow may be streaming on Netflix - and delivering lots of holiday goodness - by this time next year.
We will let you know when Let It Snow gets a release date.