Disney released a slew of information about their new streaming platform, Disney+, on Thursday (11 April). The announcements included brand new content, including a spinoff series from the hit movie Love, Simon.
Disney gave a straight-to-series order to Leah and the Offbeat, which is based on Becky Albertalli’s young adult novel of the same name. It’s a sequel to Albertalli’s book Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, on which Love, Simon was based.
Leah and the Offbeat follows Simon’s childhood best friend, Leah, who used to be in love with him.
Throughout the book, Leah grapples with friends and relationships, going to college, and being in a rock band. She’s also keeping a secret from her friends –she’s bisexual.
Screenwriters Elizabeth Berger and Isaac Aptaker, who penned the movie, are returning to write the series.
They are the only people returning from the movie. The series will have an entirely new cast and the movie’s director, Greg Berlanti, is not involved with the show due to his overall deal with Warner Bros.
Disney recently made their purchase of Fox official. They shuttered Fox 2000, the studio arm of Fox focused on mid-budget films, which produced and distributed Love, Simon. This new series comes from the Disney-owned 20th Century Fox Television studio.
Love, Simon’s legacy
There was a lot of anticipation leading up to Love, Simon — the first same-sex romantic teen comedy from a major film studio.
It wound up making a huge impact, with many people discussing the film’s representation and how important it was for teens to see. It earned a certified 91% on Rotten Tomatoes and earned $40.8 million (€36m, £31.5m) domestically, becoming one the top 15 highest-grossing LGBTI films of the last 15 years.
Numerous celebrities bought out screenings and gave free tickets to LGBTI people.
It also recently won a GLAAD Award for Outstanding Film — Wide Release.
Disney+ starts on 12 November for $6.99/month. The company also announced it will be available in all major worldwide regions over the next two years.
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