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Continuing his on-camera treatment of all subjects queer and awesome, TV mogul Ryan Murphy has announced he will spearhead a film adaptation of the cult musical The Prom for Netflix.

The Prom follows the story of a teenage lesbian in Indiana (where Murphy happens to hail from), who causes a scandal by asking a girl as her date to the prom. The school cancels the event in retaliation, setting into motion a media frenzy of hilarious proportions. Murphy will produce the adaptation as part of his overall deal with Netflix, with the film set to premiere in September 2020.

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“I’m really tired of hearing about bad news and [Donald] Trump,” Murphy said of the timing. “I want to see entertainment that is optimistic and uplifting.” He called The Prom “one of the most uplifting, heartfelt and special musicals I have ever seen on Broadway. It’s truly an original that celebrates the underdog and says in a loving spectacular way that LGBTQ rights are human rights.”

Murphy has earned wide acclaim for his work on queer-themed shows like Glee, Feud, American Crime Story and most recently Pose, which features a lead cast comprised of mostly transgender actors. To date, his work has earned him an impressive six Emmy awards.


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