It’s good news for fans of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda! The movie adaptation of 2015’s mega-popular debut for Becky Albertalli has found its director.
The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively revealed that Greg Berlanti, known for being one of the architects of the DC television universe — a writer and executive producer for shows such as Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow, and Legends of Tomorrow — has been signed on by Fox 2000 to direct the movie. Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen of Temple Hill, who have produced adaptations such as Twilight and The Fault in Our Stars, have also been brought in as producers along with Pouya Shabazian.
The novel was released in 2015 and became an instant hit. Due to its popularity, it found immediate success as a best-seller and went on to win the 2016 Morris Award. It centres around the life of not-so-openly gay Simon, who finds himself blackmailed by the class-clown at his school after a private e-mail falls into the wrong hands. If Simon doesn’t play Cupid, his blackmailer threatens to out him to the whole school, and the identity of Blue — the pen-name of the boy Simon has been e-mailing — will be compromised.
This won’t be the directorial debut for Berlanti, who has been at the helm of 2010’s Life As We Know It starring Katharine Heigl, and 2000’s The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy — another movie centring around gay main characters.
According to reports, early 2017 is being eyed for the start of filming, with Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger having penned the movie’s script.
Becky Albertalli hasn’t been shy about her excitement concerning Berlanti’s appointment, tweeting; “I’m a tiny bit super mega madly excited about this news. @GBerlanti is my dream director.“