Netflix Is Adapting Gay Graphic Novel Heartstopper Into A YA Series
Netflix is about to get even gayer with an adaptation of the young adult graphic novel series Heartstopper…
Heartstopper, the beloved gay comic written and illustrated by Alice Oseman, has been picked up by Netflix for an eight-part adaptation. Heartstopper started out as a webcomic in 2016, before being turned into a YA graphic novel in 2018. There are currently two volumes out now, with the third book being released on May 4th.
Heartstopper follows “Nick and Charlie, two British teens at an all-boys grammar school. Charlie, a high-strung, openly gay overthinker, and Nick, a cheerful, soft-hearted rugby player, one day are made to sit together. They quickly become friends, and soon Charlie is falling hard for Nick, even though he doesn’t think he has a chance. But love works in surprising ways, and Nick is more interested in Charlie than either of them realized. Heartstopper is about love, friendship, loyalty and mental illness. It encompasses all the small stories of Nick and Charlie’s lives that together make up something larger.”
“I feel incredibly lucky to get to work with a team of passionate, creative people who all adore Heartstopper and want to make it the most beautiful show we can,” said Oseman in a statement. “It’s a joy and an honor to get to re-tell Nick and Charlie’s story for TV, and I am so excited to share it not only with Heartstopper’s existing readership, but also a whole new audience around the world.”
Oseman will adapt the graphic novels herself into an eight-episode series. Euros Lyn, who has helmed episodes of Doctor Who, will direct.
No news of when she can expect the series… In the meantime, you can check out the Heartstopper website here.