DC TV guru would adapt Becky Albertalli's coming-out/coming-of-age novel

By Oliver Gettell
September 06, 2016 at 12:00 PM EDT
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Greg Berlanti may be going from the Arrowverse to another realm of high-stakes drama: high school.

The uber-producer behind such DC Comics-inspired TV shows as Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, and Supergirl is in negotiations to direct a big-screen adaptation of the LGBTQ-themed young-adult novel Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, EW has confirmed.

Written by Becky Albertalli and published last year, Simon centers on a closeted teen who is blackmailed by a classmate for being gay and grapples with how to come out on his own terms. In a review for EW, Stephan Lee gave the book an A grade and wrote, “Albertalli paints a stunningly three-dimensional, cliché-free world for Simon that bursts with unforgettable characters.”

Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger adapted the screenplay, and the producers are Wyck Godfrey, Marty Bowen, and Pouya Shahbazian. The Fox 2000 project could start shooting in early 2017.

Although Berlanti is best known for his television work, which includes Dawson’s Creek and Everwood, he also directed the 2010 film Life as We Know It.

The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news.

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