One Direction and fan fiction go hand in hand. During the peak 1D days, you couldn't escape the large number of weirdly addictive, highly entertaining fictional stories Directioners were sharing on Tumblr, Wattpad and pretty much everywhere. We know there's still out there too! Fan fiction writers and readers are loyal af, especially when it comes to supporting one of their own who not only end up having their stories published into a book but end up getting a movie deal.
Yes, we're talking about the one and only Anna Todd and her hugely success After series. The now 27-year-old ended up writing one million words for her stories that are all fan fiction, inspired by the legend that is Harry Styles on Wattpad and from there, her stories published into a five-book series. Paramount Pictures then acquired the rights in 2014 to turn the first book into an actual movie and the script was written in 2015. Talk about a dream come true!
Don't mind me, I'm just laughing and crying and screaming. pic.twitter.com/t49vHSObtc— Anna Todd (@imaginator1dx) December 4, 2015
A movie based on a fictional love story featuring a lead character inspired by Harry himself is coming to the big screen? It's going to be major. But since those big updates were announced, no further details have really been put out there so we're here to break down everything we do know about the upcoming After movie.
What is the After movie going to be about?
The film should stay true to the book's love story between Tessa and the Harry-inspired character Hardin. Tessa is a good girl who meets bad boy with a British accent Hardin when she moves into her freshman dorm at college. They have a dramatic, roller coaster of a relationship and she already had a nice boyfriend back home so is this connection with Hardin something real? Well, you'll just have to read all the books and see the movie to find out!
Is the After movie still happening? When is it coming out?
As of right now, there is no release date for when the film will be out. However, Anna did do a Facebook Live in August of 2017 where she tried to answer fans' most burning questions about the movie and if there's an update on it since there hasn't been much said about the status of it.
"I don't really have anything I can say right now. But I do just want to remind you guys that even though it seems like it's taking forever, timeline wise for movies, it's really not," the author explained. "We got the option really early even before the book was even published or anything which is super cool but just meant we had to wait longer. So from the time the books were actually out until now, is actually pretty standard for a movie time. And just because there isn't any news, doesn't mean there's no news, I just can't say anything. But I can say Paramount re-optioned the film in April, so that's something. And I know it's super hard to wait though, I'm going crazy waiting too but there's just nothing that we know right now that I can say."
Who is going to star in After?
The cast hasn't been announced yet, and there are plenty of fans who have an idea as to who they want to see as Tessa and Hardin. Anna has someone in mind for Hardin too, although she has remained coy and won't exactly spill who is the actor is.
Anna has a new unknown person she has in mind for Hardin pic.twitter.com/Z4hiZlafxn— AFTER NEWS (@AFTERNews) August 11, 2017
But she for sure whats fans to stay active in the movie-making process and keep sending her ideas. Hey, you might be the one whose idea she totally loves and ends up talking to the studios about, you never know! The After movie will come eventually though, we just all have to wait it out.