Netflix has confirmed that The Kissing Booth 2 is on its way, complete with the original cast. The 2018 adaptation of the YA novel by Beth Reekles was a big hit for Netflix, with Netflix CCO Ted Sarandos once commenting that the popular teen rom-com was one of the most watched films in the United States, if not the world. With that kind of hype behind it, it’s hardly surprising that a sequel was quick to follow.
The Kissing Booth followed the moral quandary that Elle Evans (Joey King) finds herself in after forming a relationship with her best friend Lee’s (Joel Courtney) older brother Noah (Jacob Elordi) - a direct violation of one of the key rules in the pair’s mutually agreed-upon friendship rule book. Shortly after its release, Netflix revealed that the film, which was dividing opinions of critics and viewers alike, had been re-watched by one in three of its viewers.
Thanks to the apparent popularity of The Kissing Booth, Netflix has reunited the cast for a sequel, The Kissing Booth 2. The film’s official announcement teaser can be seen below, courtesy of Netflix, but the cast aren’t the only ones that Netflix has brought back. As with the first film, Vince Marcello has taken on directing duties, though this time he’s sharing a writing credit with Jay Arnold. The film is currently in production without a confirmed release date.
The sequel’s official announcement highlights two of the film’s main characters, Lee (Courtney) and Elle (King) as they get to work on building a new kissing booth. The kissing booth is a key point to the franchise’s plot, as it was there that Elle and Lee’s older brother Noah (Jacob) kissed. At present, Netflix have not provided any information regarded the sequel’s plot, though it is to be assumed that it will pick up where the previous film left off, with the realities of Noah being away at college and the pair’s ongoing love for one another presumably providing a wealth of story material.
The fast turnaround from original to sequel undoubtedly is reflected by Netflix’s current focus on rom-coms, having released fourteen films in the genre last year alone. However, while there are numerous examples of highly successful romantic comedy titles to choose from, few of those titles carry controversy with them as The Kissing Booth has. Numerous reviewers have described the film as sexist, stating that its concept and characters are outdated. It will be interesting to see whether or not its sequel makes the same mistakes. Still, despite the troubles some have with its predecessor, it’s hard to deny that Netflix has tapped into something here, meaning The Kissing Booth 2 is likely to be another big hit.