P.S. I Love You's film adaptation is getting a sequel – here’s what you need to know

PS: I Love You

You might want to stock up on tissues, because tearjerker P.S. I Love You is coming back to the big screen for a second instalment.

Based on Cecila Ahern’s newly released second novel Postscript, the film will pick up seven years after the death of Holly’s husband Gerry (Hilary Swank and Gerard Butler in the film adaption). Gerry's death formed the plot of the first novel - and subsequent film - P.S. I Love You.

And great new for film fans - because Hilary will once again be reprising her role as Holly Kennedy.

Cecila Ahern announced the big news on Irish radio, speaking to host Ryan Tubridy. The author said she was “delighted” that Hilary Swank had agreed to return to the film series.

She said, “There will be a Postscript movie. One of the first people to email me when she heard the news was Hilary Swank.

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"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”.

The bestselling novel was released in 2004, with the film adaptation of P.S. I Love You coming out in 2007. Its sequel Postscript was published this month - but it’s not yet known when exactly the screen version will follow.

PS: I Love You

Speaking about the success of PS I Love You, Cecila revealed she was nervous about writing a sequel. She explained, “I said I'd never do it from the beginning, from the moment I wrote PS I Love You people were asking if I'd write a sequel and there were so many reasons why I wouldn't.”

"I had brought the character to exactly where I wanted to bring her, I couldn't see what the story would be. Also just because something's a success doesn't mean you should necessarily write a sequel. And I didn't want the thing that made my career to be the thing that breaks my career!" The author explained.

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Postscript is on shelves now, and the synopsis is as follows, “It's been seven years since Holly Kennedy's husband died – six since she read his final letter, urging Holly to find the courage to forge a new life.

“She’s proud of all the ways in which she has grown and evolved. But when a group inspired by Gerry's letters, calling themselves the PS, I Love You Club, approaches Holly asking for help, she finds herself drawn back into a world that she worked so hard to leave behind.”

We’re so excited to read the novel, and watch the film when it arrives!

Lucy Buglass is a Digital Writer specialising in TV, film and lifestyle content and has written for What's On TV, GoodtoKnow and Whattowatch.com. She's passionate about entertainment and spends most of her free time watching Netflix series, BBC dramas, or going to the cinema to catch the latest film releases. In her spare time, she writes film and television reviews for JumpCut Online and her own blog, Lucy Goes To Hollywood.