Everything to Know: The Summer I Turned Pretty Season 3

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Published Time: 14.05.2024 - 18:31:05 Modified Time: 14.05.2024 - 18:31:05

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On Aug. 3, 2023, Prime Video confirmed its hit series The Summer I Turned Pretty, based on Jenny Han’s novels of the same name, has been renewed for season 3.

“We’ve been delighted to see the passion with which fans have embraced The Summer I Turned Pretty, making Summer Fridays an entertainment phenomenon,” said Vernon Sanders, head of television, Amazon and MGM Studios, in a press release. 

“This charming, deeply heartfelt series has shown the breadth of our customer base, appealing to a young, diverse set of viewers. Jenny Han is a gifted storyteller, whose fans have been clamoring for the third chapter of this story. We’re excited today to share the news that they have a lot more Summer to look forward to. Thank you to Jenny, Sarah Kucserka, and Karen Rosenfelt and our friends at wiip for their remarkable work and partnership.”

Since then, we've gotten a few more details about the new season as filming has officially started, including the release date.

Ahead, here’s everything we know about the upcoming season. 

It’s assumed that the main cast will return for season 3, including Lola Tung (Belly), Christopher Briney (Conrad), Gavin Casalegno (Jeremiah), Sean Kaufman (Steven), Rain Spencer (Taylor) and Jackie Chung (Laurel).

The new season will likely follow Han’s third and final novel in the franchise, We'll Always Have Summer. The book takes place two years after the events of It’s Not Summer Without You as Belly once again finds herself questioning where her heart lies between the Fisher brothers. Only in the third book, she finally makes a decision.

Though season 2 strays from the books in various ways, when PEOPLE spoke with the cast in June, they all reiterated that a third season would likely follow the third book as much as possible.

"I know Jenny is really just strong on staying as true to the books as possible and hitting the main points," Casalegno told PEOPLE. Meanwhile, Tung added, "There's so many different ways you could go about it. There's a blueprint of -

a book, which we've been lucky to have for two seasons now, just such a solid blueprint for us, and to have Jenny on set with us has been incredible."

Though Han previously revealed that the upcoming season will have a total of 10 episodes, Prime Video has since upped the count to 11, which is three more than the previous seasons.

An industry source previously told PEOPLE that the show was "eyeing" to begin filming season 3 in Wilmington, North Carolina, in the spring — though "nothing firm" has been set by the studio yet. (Prime Video did not respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.)

In May 2024, Prime Video confirmed that production was underway as they shared a clip of the cast, including Tung, Briney, Casalegno, Kaufman and Spencer, hanging out on the beach.

As Prime Video announced that filming had begun for the new season in May 2024, they also announced when the show would return. In a video featuring the cast hanging out on the beach, Tung told the camera, "See you in Summer 2025!"

Seeing that the series is based on Han's trilogy of books, fans have wondered if the show will follow suit with only three seasons. Though Prime Video hasn't confirmed whether or not the third season will be the show's last, Casalegno did tease that the upcoming season would wrap up the story.

"I think everyone is excited for season 3. To finish the story — at least what Jenny's vision is — I think that'll be super fun," he told Entertainment Tonight.

Though it's unclear if the upcoming third season will be the show's last, Amazon execs teased in September 2023 that there could be a spinoff series in the works. While talking with Deadline, Vernon Sanders, head of television, Amazon and MGM Studios teased that Amazon was "already hard at work developing complementary pieces.”

When pressed for more information, Sanders replied, "I will say stay tuned, but Jenny’s got some exciting surprises. So we’re thrilled about a Season 3, and she’s got a vision for more."

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