Love, Simon goes TV

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If you enjoyed Love, Simon you’ll be happy to hear that Disney is turning the film into a TV series. Love, Simon became a surprise success last year and marked the first major Hollywood production to cover the coming out and romantic life of a gay teen.

Disney picked up the rights to the film as part of the acquisition of Fox Studios and intends to develop it into a TV series for the company’s upcoming Disney+ streaming service. The original writers of the film will oversee the show’s development.

While there aren’t many details known yet, it’s unlikely that any of the stars of the film will participate, due in part to further film commitments. Nick Robinson remains attached to the Jurassic World franchise, while co-star Alexandra Shipp has gained notoriety as Storm in the X-Men film series.

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  1. Cool, kids deserve more mainstream TV series with gay characters, especially gay leads, but there should probably be LGBT characters, more or less visible or out, in all series for kids, just as they usually show kids of different races. It’s part of the mix, as there’s LGBT kids in every single class on average.

    I hope the coming out will not be relegated to episode 12 of season 6 though, like in the movie, a very mild gay one.

  2. “The original writers of the film will oversee the show’s development.”

    Then it’s destined to be at least an artistic flop (even if it succeeds with the advertisers which it could very easily). The movie, while slick and smooth, was a literary flop with bad directing and (obviously, with bad direction) bad acting. This movie reinforces the notion that “just any straight young man” can accurately portray a gay and gay angst. It is NOT the same thing as a gay male portraying a straight man. Simon was one of the most NON-gay “gay” actors to play this role since probably Tom Hanks in Philadelphia.

    They’re doing this for TV only for the money because they know gays will watch it and because gays have the most disposable income in any society. And they know if they put a good-looking, sexy young man in the primary acting roles, gays will flock to watch it and therefore, give in to the advertisements.

    Love, Simon had bad direction and with it, bad acting (which might not be the fault of the actors themselves) And what’s amazing about this movie/Nick Robinson — not in a good way for gays — is that his younger brother (a young teen around 14) actually came out publicly (at least to his family) during the production of this movie. One would think that he would have at least “consulted” with not only his brother, but other actual gay teens about the story line to make it better and more believable.

    Anyway, GOOD LUCK with this project (and hope it doesn’t fall like The Fosters which I suspect may happen.

    1. “This movie reinforces the notion that “just any straight young man” can accurately portray a gay and gay angst.”

      Obvious correction:
      This movie reinforces the notion that “just any straight young man” canNOT accurately portray a gay and gay angst.

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