Netflix has just announced that they will be producing an eight-part, live-action miniseries based on Heartstopper, the enormously-popular LGBT+ YA graphic novel series.
Author Alice Osemen has just announced that the adaptation has just been greenlit, and is now entering its first stages of production with See-Saw films, an organization which has produced several of Netflix’s original series in the past.
According to Hollywood Reporter, at the head of the of the project will be BAFTA-winning director Euros Lyn, known for his work on Doctor Who, Sherlock, and Black Mirror. So early in the production, neither a release date nor cast have been announced, but the report goes on to state that Oseman has spent the previous year writing the script for all eight episodes, and the casting call is already underway, so there is potential for a 2021 release.
The story follows Charlie, an openly-gay worrywart attending an English all-boys school who struggles with bullying and homophobia after coming out last year. When his classes have him seated next to Nick, a rugby player who is as different from Charlie as possible, the two develop an unlikely friendship. Through their growing relationship, each learns more about themselves than they ever expected.
“It’s a joy and an honour to get to re-tell Nick and Charlie’s story for TV,” says Oseman. “I am so excited to share it not only with Heartstopper’s existing readership, but also a whole new audience around the world.”
Originally published via online as a webcomic, Heartstopper has since been published in four volumes by Hachette which has now sold over 250 million copies. Its fifth and final print volume is set to arrive in late 2022.