A Love, Simon spin-off will be coming to the small screen this June. As we reported on Queerty last November, the groundbreaking, 2018 Disney movie, which featured a gay lead character, has spawned a TV spin-off.
It was first thought the show, which will comprise of ten, half-hour episodes, would debut on the new Disney+ streaming service. However, according to Deadline, the show – which is now titled Love, Victor – will be coming to Hulu (which was bought by Disney last year).
The series will begin airing in June, which happens to be LGBTQ Pride Month.
Love, Victor has been made by 20th Century Fox TV with This Is Us executive producers/co-showrunners Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger. The two creatives adapated the screenplay for Love, Simon. According to a report last year in Hollywood Reporter, Nick Robinson, who played Simon in the feature film, will executive-produce and narrate the show.
The original Love, Simon was based on Becky Albertalli’s young adult novel, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. Telling the story of a closeted gay teen who lives in an Atlanta suburb, it proved a box office hit, taking $66million worldwide over a production budget of $17million.
The TV show will focus on a new arrival at Creekwood High School (the same school in the movie). Like Simon before him, Victor (played by Michael Cimino), is on a journey of self-discovery and struggling with his sexual orientation.
Before this, Cimino’s most high-profile role was in last year’s horror movie, Annabelle Comes Home.
Deadline says Disney’s decision to place the show on Hulu follows a recent trend by the entertainment giant as it establishes an identity for the recently launched Disney+ streaming service. It appears to be keeping Disney+ as family-friendly for all ages, and placing shows such as this, and a TV show based on the movie High Fidelity, on the slightly more adult-oriented Hulu. Love, Victor will include topics such as alcohol use, marital issues, and sexual exploration.
On another positive note, the broadcaster must have confidence in the new show. Hulu has reportedly already commissioned a writer’s room to begin exploring stories for a possible second season.
Cimino yesterday welcomed the news on his Instagram account, saying: “I’m so so excited to join the HULU family and couldn’t be more thrilled to hear the their passion and belief in “Love Victor” to start up the writers room for season 2 🤞🏾I love you all and thank you for the continued support 🙂 Oh and one more thing 🙂 THE SHOW AIRS IN PRIDE MONTH.”
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