Teen rom-com Love, Simon is about to get its own TV series.
The beloved movie, which is based on Becky Albertalli’s book Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, follows 17-year-old Simon Spier as he comes to terms with his sexuality and falls in love with an anonymous classmate he meets online.
It received heavy media attention and praise at the time of its release for being the first major-studio teen rom-com to feature a gay protagonist, representing a massive step towards equal representation.
According to Hollywood Reporter, Disney now own the rights to Love, Simon following their acquisition of 21st Century Fox, and they’re intending to make the most of the situation with a new TV series based on the movie.
The series is expected to debut on the new Disney+ streaming service in 2020, with Elizabeth Berger and Isaac Aptaker, who wrote the screenplay for the 2017 movie, set to executive produce.
Instead of being a direct reboot of the movie’s story, the TV series will reportedly be based on Becky Albertalli’s novel Leah On The Offbeat, the sequel to Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, which the movie was based on.
As the title suggests, the novel focuses on Simon’s best friend Leah Burke, a drummer dealing with various issues including relationships, body image, going to college and her bisexuality, which she keeps secret from her friends.
The series will feature an entirely new cast, and Greg Berlanti, who directed the movie version, will not return in any capacity.