Abigail Hing Wen‘s debut novel is coming to the screen with a little help from the team that adapted the To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before books!
Loveboat, Taipei, the New York Times bestseller released in early January, has been optioned by ACE Entertainment for adaptation. The announcement from Deadline doesn’t specify the type of adaptation, but in a recent tweet, Abigail Hing Wen said the project would be “for the big screen,” suggesting a movie.
The novel follows Ever Wong, whose parents are forcing her to spend her last summer before college in a Mandarin immersion program in Taiwan. Little do her parents know that the Chien Tan program, also known as “Loveboat,” is not the strict educational dream world they expected. It’s actually an infamous romantic meet-up spot with not-so-strenuous supervision where children of Chinese immigrants sneak out to go clubbing much more than they study. Ever knows she’s free of her parents’ repressive rule for the first time and she’s ready to break every rule in the book. A little rebellion can be a good thing– until maaaaybe it isn’t.
“Abigail’s novel is a unique story and exploration of multifaceted identity and intersectionality, much in the same way Jenny Han’s To All the Boys novels were. She manages to explore complicated themes like identity and cultural expectations while also giving readers an authentic glimpse into the mind of an Asian American teenage girl,” said ACE Entertainment founder Matt Kaplan.
The project is still in the early stages and there aren’t many details available quite yet. ACE Entertainment is also worked on adaptations of a couple other YA novels, including Lauren Oliver’s Replica and Ashley Elston’s 10 Blind Dates.