A quick moving project, the Dear Edward adaptation based on the book by Ann Napolitano, will be coming soon. On a personal note, this was one of my favorite 2020 releases so I am very excited for this release! A story centered on grief but especially on how you move through it, deserves time to truly delve into the characters so I’m glad it’s being done as a series.
This is a story centered on grief and depression so be aware as you read and watch that it will probably, most likely, make you cry!
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This page was updated: 7/27/23
About The Book:
One summer morning, twelve-year-old Edward Adler, his beloved older brother, his parents, and 183 other passengers board a flight in Newark headed for Los Angeles. Among them is a Wall Street wunderkind, a young woman coming to terms with an unexpected pregnancy, an injured vet returning from Afghanistan, a septuagenarian business tycoon, and a free-spirited woman running away from her controlling husband. And then, tragically, the plane crashes. Edward is the sole survivor.
Edward’s story captures the attention of the nation, but he struggles to find a place for himself in a world without his family. He continues to feel that a piece of him has been left in the sky, forever tied to the plane and all of his fellow passengers. But then he makes an unexpected discovery–one that will lead him to the answers of some of life’s most profound questions: When you’ve lost everything, how do find yourself? How do you discover your purpose? What does it mean not just to survive, but to truly live?
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Current Production Status:
Full series released as of March 2023.
Dear Edward Adaptation Timeline:
In January 2020 the book was published and ended up #2 on the New York Times Best Sellers List. The Covid pandemic slowed development on the rights being acquired, but in February 2022 Apple TV ordered a series and announced the main cast shortly after. Filming began the next month in March. It’s expected to be released in 2023 with eight episodes.
December 2022 Apple announced in a press release that the global release date would be February 3rd, 2023, along with the first officials pictures from filming.
The release schedule will have three episodes on the first date, and then weekly single episode releases until the finale on March 24th.
The first trailer was released on January 18th, just a couple of weeks before the premiere.
In March the creator of the show said in an interview that he would love to do more seasons to explore the characters. But late April it was announced that Apple had cancelled the series/would not be renewing for any more episodes.
Where Can I Watch The Series?
As of July 2023 you can watch the limited series streaming on Apple TV+.
The show currently has a 55% tomatometer and 65% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes. 7.2/10 on IMDb.
Who Owns The Rights:
True Jack Productions (Parenthood, About A Boy) and Apple Studios produced the series with Apple also handling distribution rights.
Who Is Attached:
Connie Britton, Taylor Schilling, and Colin O’Brien will lead the cast.
Carter Hudson, Eva Ariel Binder, Khloe Bruno and Audrey Corsa have all joined the project in supporting roles.
February 3rd, 2023
Previous mentions on AiLL:
This book was also featured in Every Book I Read In 2020.
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