Earlier this year, best-selling author Cecilia Ahern, who penned the book the film is based on, announced a sequel to PS I Love You, entitled Postcript. The sequel will takes place seven years after the death of her husband Gerry, who was played by Gerard Butler in the film, and now, she’s confirmed that a film will be made with Hilary Swank reprising her role from the beloved 2007 adaptation.
The Irish author unveiled the exciting news exclusively on The Ryan Tubridy Show on RTÉ Radio earlier last year, saying she was “delighted” that the Oscar-winning actress would be returning in the role of Holly Kennedy.
Apparently, Ahern told Tubridy that Swank contacted her directly to express her interest in returning for the next film.
“There will be a Postscript movie,” Ahern said. “One of the first people to email me when she heard the news was Hilary Swank.
“She was so excited, she wanted to read the book and she said ‘I would love to support you in any way, shape or form’. Then she read the book and she said ‘I want to make this movie’.”
“It felt like a lovely reunion everyone back together again, now we don’t have a director or a screenwriter or any of that, nothing’s been announced yet, but the movie’s happening! I’m delighted.”
And now, the co-founders and CEOs of Alcon Entertainment, Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson, confirmed yesterday the company has acquired the film rights to Postscript – meaning the sequel is officially in the works.
Postscript begins seven years after Gerry’s death and six years since Holly read his last letter, with the widow living a content life with her new love.
However, when Holly’s sister asks her to tell the story of the letters on her podcast, she finds herself drawn back into her past, Deadline reports.
Soon after the episode airs people with terminal illnesses begin reaching out to Holly, asking for her help to write similar letters to their loved ones, and she soon finds herself being forced to revisit her grief and the love she had for Gerry.
Ahern’s bestselling debut novel PS I Love You was released in 2004. The writer said she resisted writing a sequel to the much-loved book until she landed on the right concept.
“I said I’d never do it from the beginning, from the moment I wrote PS I Love You people were asking if I’d write a sequel and there were so many reasons why I wouldn’t“, she explained.
“I had brought the character to exactly where I wanted to bring her, I couldn’t see what the story would be. Also just because something’s a success doesn’t mean you should necessarily write a sequel. And I didn’t want the thing that made my career to be the thing that breaks my career!”
She continued: “PS I Love You was from the perspective of the person who was grieving, the people who are left behind, and I wanted to tell the story from a new perspective, from the people who’ve been told they’re terminally ill or they have life-altering conditions.
“Postscript is about a group of people who’ve been inspired by Holly’s experience and they ask her to help them write their letters for their loved ones.”
Great, another film I’m going to embarrass myself over.
I watched that Pick The Litter documentary the other day with my girlfriend, you know, the one about the puppies training to be guide dogs.
An absolute mess I was. Brilliant doc though.