It’s official, you guys — the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series has come to an end. Yep, the third and final movie premiered on February 12, 2021, and as much as everyone enjoyed watching the flick, we were all so sad over the fact that there won’t be any more films about Lara Jean Covey and Peter Kavinsky.
….Or will there. Wait a minute, you guys may want to brace yourselves because the main star of the series, Lana Condor, just opened up about the possibility of them making a fourth flick, and she said she’d “never say never!”
What Has The Cast Said About The Possibility Of A Fourth Movie?
As fans know, the movies were based off of a three-part book series written by Jenny Han. And as of right now, there’s no plans for a fourth film to be made — but that hasn’t stopped Condor from hoping.
“I think never say never. [But] the third is all I know. To me, that’s the ending,” she told the New York Times in a new interview. “But I would really like to see Lara Jean and Peter in their mid-to-late 20s. Like they’ve gone through college and I want to see what they’re like in the work space.”
The actress continued, “I have this dream that Lara Jean is working in some realm of literature, I don’t know, in New York, writing, living her life. I personally have this feeling that they’re going to try to make it work in college, but they’re going to have to grow separately to be fully ready to come together. But I know for a fact that they’re going to get married; they’re going to live happily ever after. I just think they might need to grow as individuals first.”
She also admitted to Access that she’s in “denial” about the franchise being over.
“I’m so in denial, I can’t even tell you how delirious and in denial I am about this ending,” she joked. “It is completely bittersweet. I love love the world of To All The Boys and I love Lara Jean. It has been so formative in me as a young woman finding my own voice. It has impacted my life in ways I could never have imagined and so it feels like a part of me is, I don’t know. It feels like part of me is breaking. It’s so sad.”
And when asked about the possibility of her reprising her role as Lara Jean one more time by Entertainment Tonight, Condor gushed, “Oh god, I wish! I know that for what people have been telling me, there won’t be one but never say never. And I have this dream that maybe in 10 years, when Lara Jean and Peter are grown up and they’re professionals in the workplace and they’re adults, it’d be so cool to see them in that different light.”
As for the author, Han told the outlet that although the series was over, it wasn’t really goodbye for her.
“I think it’s about being excited to tell the story and there are so many stories that I want to tell,” she said. “And it’s never really goodbye because the characters live on. You can turn on Netflix and see them again. You can pick up a book and spend time with them. For me, even as a creator of it, they live on, they keep doing their thing.”
What Happened In The Third Movie?
Throughout the entire third movie, Lara Jean and Peter were in a major disagreement about the future of their relationship. Peter wanted his girlfriend to attend college at Stanford so that they could be close together, but she wanted to go to NYU. After attending prom (and looking gorgeous!) the two characters almost had sex, but when Peter realized that she only wanted to hook up with him because she thought they weren’t going to last in a long distance relationship, he broke up with her.
After that, Lara Jean’s dad, Dr. Covey, got married to their neighbor Trina. And after the wedding, Lara Jean discovered that Peter wrote a brand new contract for them in her yearbook, which detailed all the ways they were going to make their love work while being away at their different colleges. Then, she and Peter got back together! We got to see them graduate from high school and head off to their respective colleges — which were 3,000 miles apart from each other. But in the end, Lara Jean told the audience that she was sure they were going to make it work, because “we’re Lara Jean and Peter. And besides, you know one thing 3,000 miles is good for? Writing love letters.”
Was It Hard For The Cast To Say Goodbye?
Condor explained that doing the final monologue “physically hurt” her.
“The whole wrapping process was just miserable, but I kind of was, like, OK. I kind of had peace with it, and then I had to do ADR and a bunch of voice over. And the final monologue of the voice over, I had to do over and over and over and over again. Everything, my heart is just breaking a little every day, and finally I was like, ‘You guys, do I have to keep going? Like it’s physically hurting me,'” the star admitted. “I’m clearly not ready [for it to be over], but excited for what’s to come and feel very happy with the way we were able to end it.”
Back in August 2019, when filming of the third movie wrapped, Noah Centineo took to social media to say goodbye to his character once and for all, and boy, was it emotional.
“Tonight was my last night as Peter Kavinsky,” Centineo wrote on Twitter at the time. “I hope you all love these last installments as much as we do. Forever grateful for the opportunity to be yours. Thank you Lana. Thank you Michael. Thank you Matt. Thank you Netflix. Grateful to every person who told this story with us.”
Condor also posted a goodbye letter to Instagram, and it had us all in tears.
“It’s been 16 days since the To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before franchise wrapped shooting movies two and three. I’ve been really struggling how to put into words my feelings towards this ending,” she wrote. “Words will never be able to describe my love for Lara Jean, her family, her friends, Peter. Words will never be able to describe the long nights on set, where it would suddenly hit me, like a ton of bricks, that I was getting the honor of portraying a girl so fiercely determined in love, who represents strength in softness. Words will never be able to describe my gratitude to YOU, for loving her as much as I do. For tying your hair up in a scrunchie and saying, ‘Let’s do this.’ Thank you from the very bottom of my heart, you’ve made me feel like the luckiest girl alive. Always and forever, your Lara Jean.”
What Else Is Jenny Han Working On?
So this may be the last To All the Boys movie, but there’s something else fans have to look forward to! The author of the books that the flicks were based off of recently announced that she has a brand new series coming to Amazon! Yep, it’s called The Summer I Turned Pretty, and it sounds like it’s going to be so good.
According to Variety, the eight-episode show will be based off Han’s young adult novel of the same name. Han wrote the pilot for the series, and will also serve as co-showrunner and executive producer, alongside Gabrielle Stanton (who also was behind The Flash, Grey’s Anatomy and more), Karen Rosenfelt (who worked on the Twilight series), Paul Lee, Nne Ebong and Hope Hartman. Capital FM reported that it will follow Isabel “Belly” Conklin, “a teenager who spends her summer break with her mom, brother, her mother’s best friend and her two attractive sons who, for the first time, begin to really notice Isabel.” Variety described it as a “coming of age story about first love, first heartbreak, and the magic of a perfect summer.” Besides the love triangle, it will also focus on “the ever-evolving relationship between mothers and their children, and the enduring power of strong female friendship.”
“The Summer I Turned Pretty is many years in the making, and I’m so excited to tell Belly’s story in 2021,” the author told the outlet. “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 original book came out in 2009, and after it became wildly successful, Han went on to release two sequels, called It’s Not Summer Without You and We’ll Always Have Summer, in 2010 and 2011. Unfortunately, there’s no cast or release date just yet, but we hope they announce something soon!