Greg Berlanti, the prime force behind the CW’s slate of DC superhero shows, is set to direct a big screen adaptation of Becky Albertalli’s 2015 coming-0ut YA bestseller Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Set up at Fox 2000, Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda movie is being adapted for the screen by Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger. The film will be produced by Temple Hill’s Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey alongside Pouya Shabazian.
In the book, 16-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.
With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out, without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.