Postscript is set seven years after Gerry's death where Holly's "safe existence is turned on its head" when she is approached by a group calling themselves the PS, I Love You Club.
Thirteen years after the rom-com tear fest P.S. I Love You had us laughing and ugly crying along with Holly (played by Hilary Swank), a sequel to the 2007 box-office hit has been confirmed. Based on the book of the same name written by author Cecelia Ahern, the film followed a heartbroken Holly as she discovered a series of sweet letters written by her late husband Gerry (Gerard Butler). It was a major success when it hit box offices in December 2007, taking home $53 million on $156 million worldwide, reports Daily Mail. Now, film companies Alcon Entertainment and Black Label Media seem to be looking to recreate the success as they have acquired film rights to Ahern's follow-up novel Postscript.
According to a publisher's synopsis of Postscript posted on Entertainment Weekly in March 2019, Postscript is set seven years after Gerry's death where Holly's "safe existence is turned on its head" when she is approached by a group calling themselves the PS, I Love You Club. "Inspired by hearing about her late husband Gerry’s letters, the club wants Holly to help them with their own parting messages for their loved ones to discover after they're gone."
"Holly is sure of one thing – no way is she being dragged back to the grief she has left behind. It’s taken seven years to reinvent herself, and she’s ready to move on with her life. But Holly comes to realize that when you love someone, there’s always one more thing to say..." the synopsis states. In a statement released at the time, Ahern said: "It's been fifteen years since I wrote my debut novel and I relished the challenge of revisiting the world of Holly seven years after her husband's death."
"A deeply emotional project for me, 'Postscript' is the PS to my PS and while it is a sequel, it is also a story that stands alone about living a purposeful life in the face of illness, grief, and loss. I hope that new readers and 'PS, I Love You' fans alike will embrace Holly’s new journey," she added. According to Irish Central, the author confirmed the possibility of a sequel to the 2007 hit movie back in September 2019 while also revealing that Swank is on for reprising the role of Holly Kennedy. "There will be a 'Postscript' movie," Ahern said at the time. "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," she added. Ahern also opened up about her initial reluctance to write the sequel despite many requests from lovers of her debut book. "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," the author added. "'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."