The name Greg Berlanti is well known in the world of television, primarily as the creator of The CW’s DC universe, but now he’s making his transition back to film and entering talks to direct SIMON VS THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA. The film is in development at Temple Hill Entertainment and New Leaf Literary & Media for Fox 2000.
The film is an adaptation of the YA novel of the same name by Becky Albertalli, which follows Simon, a high school junior, whose private sexual orientation ends up being discovered by the class clown at school. Now being blackmailed into playing Cupid, Simon must figure out how to come out to his friends and family before being forced out.
Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger (co-executive producers behind NBC’s upcoming series This Is Us) wrote the adapted script and reports say the studio is eyeing a production start date of early 2017. Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen of Temple Hill are set to produce, alongside Pouya Shabazian of New Leaf. Erin Siminoff and Molly Saffron are set to oversee for Fox.
Berlanti, who is openly gay, is no stranger to movies, having previously directed The Broken Hearts Club in 2000 and Life As We Know It in 2010. He’s also slated to direct the upcoming films Epsilon for Columbia and Replay for Warner Bros. Still, he’s primarily known for television — other than his work with the DC shows, he’s the executive producer behind Blindspot and the upcoming Riverdale series.
He is repped by WME.
Anya Crittenton | Associate Editor
This news was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter.