Reichen Lehmkuhl's memoir 'Here's What We'll Say' being adapted as feature on 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'
Today, the New York Post reported that Gossip Girl‘s Chace Crawford and Twilight‘s Taylor Lautner were being eyed for the adaptation of Amazing Race winner Reichen Lehmkuhl’s 2006 memoir Here’s What We’ll Say: Growing Up, Coming Out, and the U.S. Air Force, which describes his time in the Air Force Academy under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and how he found refuge in a secret network of gay cadets who would meet and agree on what they would say should someone be in danger of being exposed. (The promise was so binding, the group had “Here’s what we’ll say” inscribed on the inside of their class rings.) Producer Lalo Vasquez tells EW Crawford and Lautner are on the wish list — as are others on Young Hollywood’s A-list — but that no offers will be made until he, his Chapter 7 Entertainment producing partner Devon Jones, and Lehmkuhl find financing and a director. Vasquez and Jones optioned Lehmkuhl’s book last year and have a draft of a script by Chad Darnell that they’re staging a reading of for financiers now. Lehmkuhl’s story is being used a springboard (the main character, for instance, won’t be named Reichen) and will be told from a couple different perspectives in the ’90s, when the policy went into effect, and show how characters end up crossing paths because of it. “Reichen’s story is definitely the through line of the movie. We just wanted to open it up so it speaks to everyone and not just someone interested in the book. We believe that it has a huge canvas,” Vasquez says. It’s a passion project for the independent producers, who optioned the book with their own money because after 10 years in the movie business, they wanted their first feature as producers to mean something more than just make-believe. “We’re starting from the ground up, and it’s a fight,” Vasquez says. “It’s a topic that some people are afraid to touch, because it means they’re choosing a side.” Lehmkuhl is a producer on the film and worked closely with the writer.