Love, Simon gets TV spin-off

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Gay teen rom-com Love, Simon is getting a TV spin-off. The show, also titled Love, Simon, starts production very soon and will premiere at a later date on the new Disney+.

Actor Michael Cimino will star as Victor, who embarks on a “journey of discovery as he’s facing challenges at home, adjusting to a new city and struggling with his sexuality” and who “reaches out to Simon to help him navigate high school,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. Nick Robinson, who played Simon in the feature film, will executive-produce and narrate the show.

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.

Love, Simon

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This is a big deal. Next March, 20th Century Fox will release a big screen, John Hughes-esque romantic flick about teenager in love. The twist? He’s gay.

Love, Simon, based on Becky Albertalli’s 2015 YA novel Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda and directed by Greg Berlanti (RiverdaleThe Flash), follows Simon (Jurassic World‘s Nick Robinson), a teenager who starts an email romance with another closeted classmate (the title is a play on how he ends his correspondences).

From the same studio and producers of The Fault in Our StarsSimonhas all the markings of a classic, mainstream teen coming-of-age flick: football games, drunken parties, school carnivals. But the romantic leads are two guys. It’s sweet, sad and, ultimately, ground-breaking especially because it looks kinda generic.

The fact that queer stories get the big studio treatment is probably a good sign for the normalisation of same sex love on the big screen even if it means that the film itself might be a bit boring if you’re not into the classic Hollywood teen romance flicks.