Emily Henry’s Book Lovers is headed to the big screen, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Henry’s romance novel, published last May by Berkley, follows Nora, a literary agent who takes a trip to North Carolina with her sister and keeps running into Charlie, an editor whom she dislikes. Kirkus named it one of the best books of 2022, with a critic calling it “a heartfelt and hilarious read about books, sisters, and writing your own love story.”
Production company Tango Entertainment is developing the novel as a film. Tango is also producing the film adaptation of Adrian Tomine’s graphic novel Shortcomings, directed by Randall Park and starring Justin H. Min and Sherry Cola.
The Book Lovers adaptation will be written by Sarah Heyward, known for her work on the television series Girls.
Lia Buman of Tango praised Henry as “a dominant force in the world of romantic comedy” and said of the novel, “The irreverent and whip smart writing delivers on classic rom-com tropes while avoiding cliches, making it perfect for a cozy and refreshing adaptation.”
Henry shared news of the adaptation on Instagram, writing, “I’m so grateful Tango wants to make this. I’m so glad they understand why this kind of movie is important.…This movie is going to [be] funny, cozy, moving, and messy. I can’t wait.”
Michael Schaub, a journalist and regular contributor to NPR, lives near Austin, Texas.