Combining outdoors and rom-com, from a well loved author, makes this Happiness For Beginners adaptation look like it could be a fun hit for Netflix with it’s summer release.
Rom-com’s are having a bit of a renaissance and streaming services are the perfect place for those fun stories. It will be exciting to see Ellie Kemper take the lead in this one!
There’s also definitely a growing genre of stories about women trying to find themselves out in the wilderness after big life upheaval, and to that I say: KEEP THEM COMING.
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This page was updated: 7/27/23
About The Book:
A year after getting divorced, Helen Carpenter, thirty-two, lets her annoying, ten years younger brother talk her into signing up for a wilderness survival course. It’s supposed to be a chance for her to pull herself together again, but when she discovers that her brother’s even-more-annoying best friend is also coming on the trip, she can’t imagine how it will be anything other than a disaster. Thus begins the strangest adventure of Helen’s well-behaved life: three weeks in the remotest wilderness of a mountain range in Wyoming where she will survive mosquito infestations, a surprise summer blizzard, and a group of sorority girls.
Yet, despite everything, the vast wilderness has a way of making Helen’s own little life seem bigger, too. And, somehow the people who annoy her the most start teaching her the very things she needs to learn. Like how to stand up for herself. And how being scared can make you brave. And how sometimes you just have to get really, really lost before you can even have a hope of being found.
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Current Production Status:
Completed and released as of July 2023.
Happiness For Beginners Adaptation Timeline:
The book was first released in March 2015.
Following the 2020 release of the adaptation of ‘The Lost Husband’, Katherine Center and Vicky Wight decided to work together again on adapting another one of Center’s books.
Filming for the movie occurred from September 2021 to November 2021.
In early 2023 the project was listed in Netflix’s upcoming 2023 releases with a Summer slot.
Then in April it was announced that the movie would be releasing on the streaming service July 27th, along with first-look photography.
Where Can I Watch The Movie?
As of July 2023 you can find the film streaming on Netflix.
The show currently has a 29% tomatometer and 59% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes. 6.0/10 on IMDb.
Who Owns The Rights:
Synthetic Cinema International produced the film with Netflix owning the distribution rights.
Who Is Attached:
Ellie Kemper, Luke Grimes, and Nico Santos are leading the cast.
Author Katherine Center helped work on the script along with director Vicky Wight.
Filming occurred in Stamford, Connecticut.
Netflix set a July 27th, 2023 release date for their Happiness For Beginners adaptation.
Previous mentions on AiLL:
This book has not been mentioned on Alison In Libraryland before, but Katherine Center’s 2022 release ‘The Bodyguard‘ was one of the July 2022 Most Anticipated New Book Releases.
Other Adaptations From This Author:
In 2020, ‘The Lost Husband‘ film adaptation was released with Leslie Bibb and Josh Duhamel in the lead roles.
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Happiness For Beginners Adaptation (2023): Everything We Know So Far About The Exciting New Project
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