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Amazon Behind Jenny Han’s Second Series Adaptation

Jenny Han, author of the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy, will be working with independent studio wiip and Amazon Studios to adapt her 2009 novel YA series, The Summer I Turned Pretty, into an eight-part TV series, Deadline reports. 

The Summer I Turned Pretty is a coming-of-age story that follows Isabel “Belly” Conklin and her experiences of “first love, first heartbreak, and the magic of that one perfect summer,” according to Variety

The Summer I Turned Pretty is many years in the making, and I’m so excited to tell Belly’s story in 2021,” Han said, according to Deadline. “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.”

Though the cast has yet to be announced, the production team includes Han, who wrote the series pilot, and Gabrielle Stanton (Haven, The Flash). The two will act as co-executive producers and co-showrunners, according to Variety. Other members of the production include Karen Rosenfelt and wiip’s Paul Lee, Nne Ebong and Hope Hartman.

Lee, the CEO of wiip, recognized the appeal of Han’s storytelling.

“Jenny Han has such a unique and authentic voice, her storytelling resonates so deeply with her millions of fans – we just love this show,” he said. “We can’t wait to bring her timely series to a global audience with our friends at Amazon.”

Amazon Studios echoed similar sentiments.

“We love seeing Jenny Han’s relatable, rich storytelling in full force with The Summer I Turned Pretty,” Albert Cheng, COO of Amazon Studios, added. “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 announcement of Han’s second series adaptation comes a month after Netflix released the official trailer for the final installment of the critically acclaimed To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before film series. 

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