A PS I Love You sequel with Hilary Swank is officially in the works

Tissues at the ready: acclaimed author Cecelia Ahern’s highly anticipated sequel to much-loved tearjerker, PS I Love You, is being turned into a film.

Cecelia’s follow-up book, Postscript, was released on 19 September 2019 – six months after it was first announced by the Irish author on Twitter.

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‘I have BIG NEWS!’ she wrote to her followers in March. ‘I’ve written the sequel to PS I LOVE YOU – titled POSTSCRIPT. POSTSCRIPT will be published September 19th in the UK & Ireland. I hope you’ll welcome back Holly… & Gerry… & that reading it will be as emotional for you as it was for me.’

Now, it has been revealed that film company Alcon Entertainment have bought the rights to create a second movie, and Hilary Swank has already signed up.

Speaking to Irish broadcaster Ryan Tubridy on his RTÉ Radio 1, Cecelia explained that the Hollywood star, who played the lead in the first film, was the first person to reach out when she heard she was writing a sequel.

‘One of the first people to email me when she heard the news was Hilary Swank,’ she told the radio host. ‘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”.’

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Author Cecelia Ahern announced the news on Twitter. Image: Rex Features

But don’t get too excited just yet. While the author revealed that a movie is definitely happening, she also pointed out that there is a long way to go before filming starts. ‘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.

PS I Love You was the writer’s first novel, and was published in 2004. It reached number one bestseller status in several countries, including the UK, United States, Germany and the Netherlands, and has sold a staggering 1.14 million copies to date.

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The touching story follows Holly Kennedy, whose husband Gerry dies suddenly of a brain tumour, leaving her stricken by grief. She then receives a package of ten envelopes from him, containing heartfelt messages and all signed off with the phrase ‘PS I Love You’, and slowly learns to navigate life without her other half, with his posthumous words as her guide.

The book proved so popular that it was later turned into an equally tear-inducing movie starring Hilary Swank and Gerard Butler in 2007, and now, 12 years later, fans will get the follow-up they’d been hoping for.

Postscript returns to Holly seven years after the death of her husband, when she discovers 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,’ the synopsis details.

‘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 realise that when you love someone, there’s always one more thing to say…’

In an official statement to The Bookseller when news of the second novel was announced, Ahern added: ‘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.’