Inspired by Schitt’s Creek, it was not a surprise at all that the It Happened One Summer adaptation rights were picked up. The book, written by Tessa Bailey, was immediately loved by the internet book community and those same fans will be leading the way to cheer on this adaptation.
This book seemed destined for the best seller list when you combined a leading romance author, a trope inspired by a highly watched show, and book fandom ready for romance.
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This page was updated: 8/9/22
About The Book:
Piper Bellinger is fashionable, influential, and her reputation as a wild child means the paparazzi are constantly on her heels. When too much champagne and an out-of-control rooftop party lands Piper in the slammer, her stepfather decides enough is enough. So he cuts her off, and sends Piper and her sister to learn some responsibility running their late father’s dive bar… in Washington.
Piper hasn’t even been in Westport for five minutes when she meets big, bearded sea captain Brendan, who thinks she won’t last a week outside of Beverly Hills. So what if Piper can’t do math, and the idea of sleeping in a shabby apartment with bunk beds gives her hives. How bad could it really be? She’s determined to show her stepfather—and the hot, grumpy local—that she’s more than a pretty face.
Except it’s a small town and everywhere she turns, she bumps into Brendan. The fun-loving socialite and the gruff fisherman are polar opposites, but there’s an undeniable attraction simmering between them. Piper doesn’t want any distractions, especially feelings for a man who sails off into the sunset for weeks at a time.
Yet as she reconnects with her past and begins to feel at home in Westport, Piper starts to wonder if the cold, glamorous life she knew is what she truly wants. LA is calling her name, but Brendan—and this town full of memories—may have already caught her heart.
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Current Production Status:
The project is currently in very early development.
It Happened One Summer Adaptation Timeline:
The book was first published in July 2021. Almost exactly one year later in July 2022 the It Happened One Summer adaptation was announced with the film rights being purchased. No names have been attached as of Summer 2023.
Who Owns The Rights:
BCDF Pictures and Frolic Media are producing the feature film.
Who Is Attached:
There is no one attached to the project yet, although BCDF Pictures tends to use the same directors and producers so it will probably be some familiar names leading the adaptation.
This project is in early development which means there are currently no filming locations.
This project is in early development which means there is currently no estimated release date.
Previous mentions on AiLL:
This book was featured in July 2021 Most Anticipated New Book Releases.
Other Adaptations From This Author:
This will be the first Tessa Bailey novel adapted to the screen.
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