When After first hit theaters in 2019, it was one of the first major Wattpad-based projects that have been bubbling up in the last decade. Based on the adult fiction novel of the same name by author Anna Todd, the film, which starred Josephine Langford and Hero Fiennes Tiffin as the volatile couple of Tessa Young and Hardin Scott, was at first a college-set romantic drama. Since then, it has spawned multiple sequels, including After We Collided and now After We Fell. With the latter now in theaters, fans are asking, when will After We Fell be on Netflix? Luckily, the movie is expected to come to streaming soon.
There are five After novels all told in the tale of Tessa and Hardin. After hit theaters in April 2019 and After We Collided followed 18 months later in October 2020, after being delayed by the 2020 theatrical shutdowns due to COVID. After We Fell is only the third film in the series; its sequel, After Ever Happy, was filmed concurrently with After We Fell and is expected out next year. A prequel movie is also expected, and it should surprise no one that the title of it is Before.
But the most pressing question for fans right now, especially those who are not yet comfortable going back to movie theaters, is when After We Fell will be available for the home audience. At this point, the movie industry is still in flux, with some films landing day-and-date in theaters and streaming concurrently, like Black Widow and Dune. Others are in theaters only for 30 days or less — like The Harder They Fall — or 60 days — like Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings — before heading to their respective streaming services.
The After movies are not produced by a production company with an attached streaming service like Warner Bros. Pictures or Disney, nor are they produced by a streaming service production house, like Netflix. That means the films likely have to run in theaters a minimum of 60 days, if not 90, before moving from theaters to streaming.
In the case of After, fans had to wait a whole six months between the film’s initial run in theaters and its debut on Netflix. It hit the streaming service on Oct. 9, 2019. But After We Collided, which was released during pandemic times, debuted in theaters and on demand at the same time, stayed there for just 60 days, and then landed on Netflix on Dec. 23.
With many audiences still skittish about going to theaters due to COVID, it’s a pretty good bet that After We Fell will also stick to the 60-day time frame. In the U.K., the film is going to release directly on Amazon Prime on Oct. 22. But for American audiences, the wait for streaming will be slightly longer. The film’s arrival in U.S. theaters was officially Sept. 30, so if we’re going by the precedent set by the preceeding film, fans will hopefully see the movie arrive on Netflix by December 2021.