After being one of the biggest releases in 2021, The Last Thing He Told Me adaptation has been moving quick to get to the screen. Based on the novel by Laura Dave, this will be a miniseries for the thriller lovers.
A book club fiction style story, this book had everyone talking about it and it’s not surprising we’ll be seeing it sooner rather than later.
This page was updated: 1/18/23
About The Book:
Before Owen Michaels disappears, he manages to smuggle a note to his beloved wife of one year: Protect her. Despite her confusion and fear, Hannah Hall knows exactly to whom the note refers: Owen’s sixteen-year-old daughter, Bailey. Bailey, who lost her mother tragically as a child. Bailey, who wants absolutely nothing to do with her new stepmother.
As Hannah’s increasingly desperate calls to Owen go unanswered; as the FBI arrests Owen’s boss; as a US Marshal and FBI agents arrive at her Sausalito home unannounced, Hannah quickly realizes her husband isn’t who he said he was. And that Bailey just may hold the key to figuring out Owen’s true identity—and why he really disappeared.
Hannah and Bailey set out to discover the truth, together. But as they start putting together the pieces of Owen’s past, they soon realize they are also building a new future. One neither Hannah nor Bailey could have anticipated.
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Current Production Status:
Post-Production: waiting for it’s April 2023 release.
The Last Thing He Told Me Adaptation Timeline:
The book was first published in May 2021 and became an instant #1 New York Times bestseller. It went on to spend 48 weeks on the bestseller list. Before the book was even released Hello Sunshine optioned the rights.
Shortly after release, Apple TV won the bidding war for production and distribution, and gave it a straight-to-series order right away. The author of the book was attached to write the screen play and Julia Roberts was announced as the lead.
In November 2021 Roberts left the project and Jennifer Garner took her place as lead and signed on as a producer as well. In spring 2022 more casting was announced.
Hello Sunshine posted on social media in May 2022 that production and filming had begun. On July 28th author Laura Dave posted on Instagram that they were shooting the final episode.
On January 18th Apple announced that the show would premiere on April 14th with the first two episodes, and then release weekly until the finale on May 19th.
Who Owns The Rights:
Apple TV+ and Hello Sunshine (Reese Witherspoon’s production company) have teamed up for this adaptation. These two have worked together before with The Morning Show.
Who Is Attached:
The Last Thing He Told Me adaptation has big expectations with a matching big time cast. Jennifer Gardner is in the lead role with a supporting cast of Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Aisha Tyler, Angourie Rice, and John Harlan Kim.
While we have a date that production started there hasn’t been any news yet on where filming is occurring.
The show will be premiering on April 19th, 2023.
Previous mentions on AiLL:
You can find this book in my May 2021 Most Anticipated New Book Releases
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