Netflix have announced that they are adapting Jennifer E. Smith‘s Young Adult novel Hello, Goodbye, And Everything In Between into a film which hails from the same producers of their successful To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before franchise. The streamer has already secured Jordan Fisher and Talia Ryder for the lead roles.
The film is a romantic comedy revolving around two teenagers the night before they’re to leave for college, who are trying to figure out whether they should stay together or break up. Over the course of twelve hours, they retrace the steps of their relationship, trying to find something in their past that might help them decide what their future should be.
The night leads them to family and friends, familiar landmarks and unexpected places, hard truths and surprising revelations. But as the clock winds down and morning approaches, so does their inevitable goodbye. The question is, will it be goodbye for now, or goodbye forever?
Michael Lewen will make his feature directorial debut behind the camera after serving as an actor and producer for many years. The film will also feature original music by ACE Entertainment, who are financing and producing the project, as well as Fisher himself, who was previously featured on the Moana soundtrack and has also performed in recent TV productions of Grease and Rent.
Fisher actually had a key role in To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You, and recently starred as Impulse on The CW’s The Flash.
Ryder made her film debut in Eliza Hittman‘s excellent drama Never Rarely Sometimes Always a few years ago, and has since appeared in Steven Spielberg‘s West Side Story. She’ll next be seen in Regina Hall thriller, Master.
The cast for Hello, Goodbye, And Everything In Between also includes Ayo Edebiri (Dickinson) and Nico Hiraga (Booksmart).
Considering the success of their To All The Boys franchise, it’s no surprise that Netflix would go back to the YA well and try to develop another teen-centric romcom franchise.
But the romantic comedy itself might be making a bit of a comeback, with Jennifer Lopez‘s Marry Me and Amazon original I Want You Back recently arriving, and the George Clooney–Julia Roberts vehicle Trouble In Paradise, the Channing Tatum–Sandra Bullock team-up in The Lost City, and Reese Witherspoon‘s Netflix romcom Your Place Or Mine all coming soon.
Maybe we won’t see a return to the genre’s multiplex heyday, as the comedy genre as a whole – once a consistent box office staple – has mostly vanished from cinemas. But the history of Hollywood is littered with mini-revivals of genres thought to be dead, so it’s possible we’re about to be in the middle of another one.
Netflix won’t particularly care unless Hello, Goodbye, And Everything In Between is a success and keeps their teenage demographic happy. Other films in their YA genre include the recently released Tall Girl sequel and upcoming adaptation of fantasy novel The School For Good And Evil.