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Amazon is taking another step into the YA space with a series order for The Summer I Turned Pretty, based on Jenny Han’s novel.
Han, the author of the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series, is adapting her book and will serve as showrunner along with Gabrielle Stanton (Titans, Syfy’s Haven). The eight-episode series comes from Amazon Studios and Wiip.
The Summer I Turned Pretty is a multigenerational story that centers on a love triangle between a girl, Belly, and two brothers. The coming of age story also touches on the relationships between mothers and and their children, the enduring power of female friendship, first loves, first heartbreaks and the magic of a perfect summer.
“The Summer I Turned Pretty is many years in the making, and I’m so excited to tell Belly’s story in 2021,” said Han. “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.”
First published in 2009, The Summer I Turned Pretty is the first in a trilogy of books about Isabel “Belly” Conklin; the others in the series are It’s Not Summer Without You and We’ll Always Have Summer.
“Jenny Han has such a unique and authentic voice, her storytelling resonates so deeply with her millions of fans — we just love this show,” said Wiip CEO Paul Lee. “We can’t wait to bring her timely series to a global audience with our friends at Amazon.”
Added Albert Cheng, COO and co-head of television at Amazon Studios, “We love seeing Jenny Han’s relatable, rich storytelling in full force with The Summer I Turned Pretty. 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.”
Han was an executive producer of all three of Netflix’s To All the Boys movies, based on her novels. She’ll executive produce The Summer I Turned Pretty with Stanton, Karen Rosenfelt and Wiip’s Lee, Nne Ebong and Hope Hartman.
The show joins a slate of YA series at Amazon’s Prime Video that includes the recently renewed The Wilds and the forthcoming Panic, as well as movies Chemical Hearts, Selah and the Spades and The Map of Tiny Perfect Things. (Amazon’s ad-supported streamer IMDb TV also has spy series Alex Rider.)
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