Calling all YA fans! Another Jenny Han classic is getting a live-action adaptation.
Amazon just ordered an eight-episode series adaptation of the fan-favorite YA novel “The Summer I Turned Pretty.” Known for her work on the “To All The Boys” novels and hit Netflix movies, Han will be making her TV screenwriting debut with the upcoming show’s pilot episode, also becoming its executive producer and co-showrunner.
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“’The Summer I Turned Pretty’ is many years in the making, and I’m so excited to tell Belly’s story in 2021,” Han told Variety. “For the longtime book fans, I think it will have been worth the wait. For those newly discovering the Summer series, I hope you fall in love with these characters and this place that is so dear to my heart.”
“The Summer I Turned Pretty” is a coming-of-age story about first love, first heartbreak, and the thrill of that one magical summer. It also tells the story of a love triangle between one girl and two brothers—if you’re looking for that extra angst.
“We love seeing Jenny Han’s relatable, rich storytelling in full force with ‘The Summer I Turned Pretty,’” COO and co-head of television for Amazon Studios Albert Cheng said. “In bringing this beloved novel to life as a television series, Jenny’s distinct voice will resonate with our global Prime Video audience, who are eager for more smart, funny and authentic young adult content.”
The series will be a co-production between Amazon and wiip while Gabrielle Stanton, known for her work in “The Flash,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Haven,” “The InBetween” and “Arrow,” will be credited as co-showrunner and executive producer. Karen Rosenfelt will also serve as an executive producer together with Paul Lee, Nne Ebong, and Hope Hartman for wiip. Other shows currently being produced by wiip are “Dickinson” at Apple TV+, “Mare of Easttown” and “The White House Plumbers” at HBO, “The Uninhabitable Earth” at HBO Max and “Pistol” for FX.
While we wait for more announcements on where and when the series will officially drop, we can look forward to “To All The Boys: Always and Forever” on Feb. 12.
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