How ‘The Kissing Booth’ went from a teenager’s passion project to a Netflix sensation

From The Washington Post

The popularity of the “Twilight” saga set off a trend in teen fiction. By 2011, the only books 15-year-old Beth Reekles heard her peers discussing involved vampires, werewolves and other mystical beasts.

She’d had enough.

“I wanted to read regular high school romance, without the paranormal stuff,” says the Welsh writer, now 23. Nothing Reekles could find spoke to her, so she wrote her own book called “The Kissing Booth” and uploaded chapters to Wattpad, an online platform for amateur writers to share their work. It soon became one of the most popular titles on the website, amassing more than 19 million reads.

“The Kissing Booth” leaped from Wattpad to Random House Children’s U.K. to the Netflix Originals library over the next seven years — a miraculous feat for any self-published novel, much less a teenager’s passion project. It’s also a surprisingly successful get for the streaming platform. Just last month, Netflix’s programming chief, Ted Sarandos, called the May release “one of the most-watched movies in the country, and maybe in the world.”

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Joel Courtney From 'The Kissing Booth' Is About To Star In The SCARIEST Thriller Of The Year

From Pop Buzz

Right now we are in the process of campaigning for a sequel or maybe even a TV series to accompany the movie but, while we wait to see if that happens, it's probably worth noting that the incredible The Kissing Booth cast all have projects for us to look forward to in the mean time. Joey King (Elle) is about to play one of the leads in Slender Man, Jacob Elordi is going to star in The Mortuary Collection and now Joel Courtney is about to give us life in Replicate.

Joel Courtney Joel Courtney. Picture: Netflix // Screen


As it stands, not too much is known about Replicate but from what we can tell it is going to be nothing short of amazing. It's a sci-fi thriller that tells the story of three friends making a web-series about their town together. So far so normal. However, in the process, they find out that citizens of the town are being murdered and exchanged with creatures who are exact 'replicates' of them. Terrifying.

Joel will play Zach, one of the lead characters in the new feature film, alongside Andi Matichak (Halloween) as Kayla and Calum Worthy (American Vandal) as Randy. Not to mention, the one and only Cam Gigandet (Twilight, The OC, Burlesque) will also star in the film as Josh Haywood. Not too much is known about any of their characters as it stands, but we cannot wait to find out what they're like.


In spite of his young age, Joel has been acting professionally since 2011. The 22 year old got his big break as a movie star with Elle Fanning in the critically acclaimed Steven Spielberg directed horror film Super 8. Since then he has also had major roles in films like Mercy, Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn and F The Prom. Nevertheless, it was this year with The Kissing Booth that he rose to mainstream attention.

Considering how talented he is, we are super excited to see his performance in Replicate. Currently the film has no official release date but it is expected to drop later this year. We will update you as soon as we know when it's coming out and an official trailer is made available.

We cannot wait to see it and find out what else Joel acts in next.


How 'The Kissing Booth' became a pop culture sensation

Here's an excellent article at the Los Angeles Times


Courtney, left, Elordi and King try out a motorcycle racing game at Dave & Busters. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

“A movie like this, I expected it to have a solid fan base but a really niche demographic,” said Courtney. “It’s been so much bigger than I could have ever hoped for. People love it so much and watch it on repeat. I can’t tell you how many comments I’ve seen on pictures saying ‘I’ve watched your movie seven times.’”

Joel Courtney, 22, had his first major role in 2011's "Super 8." (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

Courtney, left, Elordi and King play Dance Dance Revolution — a favorite game of the characters in "The Kissing Booth." (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)


Teen Vogue: The Kissing Booth Cast Competes in a Compliment Battle

Many thanks to Joey King and Teen Vogue! Enjoy!


We’re Unreasonably Shocked That Lee From The Kissing Booth Was In Super 8

From PrimeTweets Entertainment

Image Source: Netflix

No one’s going to disclaim that unhealthy boy Noah has his charms, however in case you are one of many many who most well-liked The Kissing Booth‘s Lee to his weirdly angsty older brother, then it is time to get to know Joel Courtney. There’s truly a good chance that you simply’re already acquainted with the lovable 22-year-old who performed Elle’s lifelong BFF, although, even should you do not realize it. His huge break got here in the type of a Summer blockbuster known as Super 8manner again in 2011 — you’ll have heard of it, because it was fairly huge deal on the time.

Before everybody was raving concerning the forged of Stranger Things and the Itchildren, Hollywood was all concerning the younger forged of Steven Spielberg and J.J. Abrams’s Super 8. The ’70s-set film a couple of group of sci-fi-loving children who stumble throughout an alien thriller in {their} hometown put Courtney on the map, and for good motive.

SUPER 8, from left: Elle Fanning, Joel Courtney, 2011, ph: Francois Duhamel/Paramount Pictures/courtesy Everett Collection
Image Source: Everett Collection

In his first movie position, he was tasked with heading up an ensemble whereas additionally conveying the deep sense of loss his character felt in the wake of his mom’s dying. The actor completely nailed it, and his time spent as a toddler star has paved the way in which for him to tackle quite a lot of roles in tasks starting from the teenager film F*&% the Prom to dramas like The River Thief. And, after all, that every one led to The Kissing Booth‘s Lee, your new fictional Summer crush.

Courtney is not simply a wonderful actor, although — he seems to be a well-rounded and candy man in actual life. Basically, he is the form of actor you’ll be able to be ok with crushing on. His Twitter feed is full of supportive messages for his castmates from a range tasks, in addition to images of him hanging together with his household. As the youngest of four children, he additionally appears to relish his position as an uncle — simply look at this photo on his Instagram should you want additional proof. An actor who’s grateful for his work and loves his household? Yes, thanks, extra please.

Even although Lee and Elle did not turn out to be greater than buddies in The Kissing Booth, you’ll be able to thank the candy Netflix film for placing Courtney again in your radar.