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The Best-Selling Book ‘Funny Story’ Is Being Turned Into a Movie! What Author Emily Henry Has to Say

Romance readers rejoice! Another Emily Henry book to movie adaptation is coming

It’s kind of a funny story that another one of Emily Henry’s best-selling novels is being adapted into a feature film. That’s right readers, romance author Henry just announced that her most recent novel Funny Story is going to hit the big screen. To learn more about the film’s plot, release date and what Henry has to say, keep reading!

All about ‘Funny Story’ best-selling book

The Funny Story book was released by Berkley Publishing on April 23, 2024, is a showstopper. The plot follows a woman named Daphne after she learns that her fiancé, Peter, is actually in love with his childhood friend, Petra. Naturally, she’s crushed. The only person who can understand Daphne is Petra’s ex, scruffy Miles Nowak. This leads Miles and Daphne to become roommates and hatch a plan to make their exes jealous, but the faux romance starts to feel very real.

I love this book. I love this cover. Most of all, I love Daphne and Miles,” Henry wrote in an Instagram post. “I hope you do, too. Xox”

Funny Story hit No. 1 on The New York Times best-seller list. It is Henry’s eighth novel.

All about the ‘Funny Story’ movie adaptation

On Tuesday, July 9, 2024, the best-selling author announced in her newsletter entitled Emily’s Grocery List that Funny Story is being turned into a feature film, with Henry writing the screenplay.

Emily Henry with the script for 'Funny Story'
Emily Henry with the script for ‘Funny Story’ Emily's Grocery List

“Years ago, when we first started taking meetings about adapting one of my books, I remember telling everyone we talked to that I had no intention of writing the script myself. At the time, I’d only ever written one screenplay — one single draft of it, and just for fun — and aside from being someone who hates taking the risk of being bad at something, I also knew enough from my writer friends who’d gone before me in the adaptation process to know that a lot of studios and producers don’t want novelists adapting their own work. So partly, I wanted the adaptations to just have their best shot at getting made. And partly, I just doubted myself too much to even try. (Harriet hive, rise up,)” Henry wrote in her newsletter.

“A few years went by. We set up more adaptations (including the Happy Place series I was FINALLY able to tell you about). I read more scripts. And then, after the screenwriter’s strike finally ended, we began taking meetings with potential producing partners for a Funny Story adaptation. This time, I felt sure I was the best person for the job.”

Henry also shared the news on her Instagram writing, “Full details in the grocery list ❤️‍🔥 also just read there’s gonna be a Shrek 5, so a big day all around. Xoxo”

The film doesn’t have a release date yet, and it is unclear how similar the plots will be.

Emily Henry’s other books

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All of Henry’s other adult romantic comedies (Beach Read, People We Meet on Vacation, Book Lovers and Happy Place) are also in the works of being adapted. There have been very little updates as to when those will hit theaters, but rest assured. Henry wrote in her newsletter, “I know that every time a piece of news drops about an adaptation, there are questions about the other, previously announced adaptations. For example: what the h-ll, are those still happening? It’s a completely fair question. Hollywood is WEIRD. There are so many false starts and sudden stops. There’s a ton of hurry up, hurry up, hurry up, and then just waiting for months, and then finally, if you’re lucky, LET’S GO RIGHT NOW. A lot of projects that get announced never get made.”

Henry went on to note that some projects “quietly vanish” before they ever get to production, leaving fans wondering what really happened. She referenced the expenses and time needed to make a successful feature film or TV adaption, before reassuring her readers that the projects she’s involved in are in the works.

“Things are MOVING, behind the scenes for the other adaptations as well,” she said. “In some cases, very fast. There just isn’t any more I can tell you than that, without getting in trouble. Trust me, I’m dying to. (I will at least affirm that right now I still have every reason to believe we aren’t getting BAD MOVIES; we’re getting GREAT ones.)”

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