Author Beth Reekles takes a look at the sequel to the film and book
Fans of “The Kissing Booth” have been clamoring for a sequel since the teenage romantic comedy debuted on Netflix in May. If it were up to the author of the novel it’s based on, they’d get one.
After garnering millions of reads on Wattpad, Beth Reekles’ “The Kissing Booth” was traditionally released by Penguin Random House UK in 2013 before receiving the film treatment – from production company Komixx Entertainment and distributor Netflix – the last year. The story follows teenage Elle as she begins a secret romantic relationship with her best friend’s brother, potentially jeopardizing their friendship. The film stars Joey King (Elle), Jacob Elordi (Noah) and Joel Courtney (Lee).
Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said Vulture in May that the film is “one of the most watched films in the country, and possibly the world”, then Netflix revealed in December that it’s the most-watched movie of 2018. Both of those stats give the company good reason to want to release a sequel, but the streaming platform has yet to announce its plans to do so.
While nothing is in the works at the moment, Reekles is crossing his fingers that that will change.
“I’m not one hundred percent sure, but I think there are several ways to [a sequel] could potentially work, ”the author told the International Business Times at WattCon in October. “For example, if I wrote a second book, there wouldn’t necessarily be a second movie, and I also think there could be a second movie without me having a second book. But by the minute I’m just crossing my fingers and hoping someone decides there’s going to be one, because it worked out pretty well as a movie.
Reekles told IBT she thought “it would be really fun to see a sequel” because while she loves the ending and has “no regrets” about the way she wrote it, she would like to spend more. of time with these characters on the screen. She wants a “Kissing Booth 2” done, but she shared that everything is still pending. “It might not happen, it might, I just have to cross my fingers and see what happens.”
Now that a sequel to Netflix’s “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” is officially in the works, maybe another movie for “The Kissing Booth” will be next.