As Disney’s new Disney+ streaming service continues rolling out its short-term and long-term programming slate, we’re seeing the start of some very synergistic bedfellows. In this case, we have the new streamer announcing a comedy series based on Love, Simon. Now Love, Simon was originally a 2018 romantic teen comedy-drama directed by Greg Berlanti, written by Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger, and was then originally the novel Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli.
And in case you were worried that the series wouldn’t be bringing enough of “The Feels,” This Is Us executive producers/co-showrunners Aptaker and Berger (original writers of the film adaptation) are set to write and executive produce the series via their overall deal at 20th Century Fox TV; alongside the movie’s producer Marty Bowen of Temple Hill, with 20th TV serving as the studio. Because of his exclusive overall deal with Warner Bros. TV, original film director Berlanti is not involved with the project.
In the Disney+ series, life is complicated for 17-year-old Simon who hasn’t told his family or friends he’s gay, and doesn’t know the identity of the anonymous classmate he’s fallen for online.
Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.
With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.