One of the biggest hits of the year was After We Collided, the first sequel for Anna Todd’s book series phenomenon that started on Wattpad as a Harry Styles-inspired fan fiction back in 2013 at the height of One Direction’s fame. As the After series developed into the big-screen love story of Tessa and Hardin, it has become a major success that enlisted the likes of Cruel Intentions director Roger Kumble in the director’s chair.
The famed filmmaker took over for Jenny Gage following her work on last year’s After, but he will not continue to helm the franchise moving forward. Indie family-film director Castille Landon has taken over for the last two movies After We Fell and After Ever Happy, which are currently in production back-to-back. When CinemaBlend spoke to Roger Kumble for the Just Friends 15th anniversary, he also gave an update on his experience with After We Collided. In his words:
As Roger Kumble explained, he was excited to step into an already established space to direct After We Collided, where Josephine Langford (who told us how big of a Star Wars fan she is earlier this year) and Hero Fiennes Tiffin had already bonded, formed relationships together and with the characters. His biggest priority was to inject some humor into the script written by After author, Anna Todd and Mario Celaya. The sequel certainly had some more lighthearted moments, including with the addition of Dylan Sprouse’s Trevor. Walking away from the franchise, it sounds like he is happy to hand it off to another female director, considering the entire series is told from Tessa’s POV, and the project will certainly allow Castille Landon to be a part of her highest profile movie yet.
Although the movie was sent to theaters during the COVID-19 pandemic, After We Collided did really well worldwide under the circumstances, scoring $47.9 million at the box office. The first movie made $69 million worldwide pre-pandemic, a huge success for the under-$20 million budgeted flick. It’s no wonder the series is continuing with two more films, though specific release dates have not been announced just yet.
After We Collided left the couple between a rock and a hard place as Tessa got offered a job in another state and has been confronted by her long lost father. Fans of the books know where this goes, but we’ll keep watch here on CinemaBlend as the franchise shakes out on set and at the movies.
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