EXCLUSIVE: Netflix to adapt YA’s graphic novel Heartstopper in eight parts with Doctor Who and Sherlock helmer Euros Lyn attached to the achievement.
It comes eighteen months after See-Saw Films, the company behind Top of the lake and State of the Union, opted for the rights to Alice Oseman’s comic book.
The half-hour series will be written by Oseman, who has previously published YA novels, including Solitaire, Radio Silence and I was born for this !.
Heartstopper tells the story of Nick and Charlie, two British teenagers in a boys’ high school. Charlie, a very nervous and openly gay over-thinker, and Nick, a cheerful and tender-hearted rugby player, who are one day made to sit together. They quickly become friends, and soon Charlie falls hard for Nick, even though he doesn’t think he has a chance. But love surprisingly works, and Nick is more interested in Charlie than either of them thought. Heartstopper it is love, friendship, loyalty and mental illness. It encompasses all the little stories in Nick and Charlie’s life that together make up something bigger.
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Heartstopper was originally launched as a web comic via Tumblr and Tapas before being subsequently published by Hachette Children’s Group
The TV series will be produced by Lyn and See-Saw directed by Patrick Walters, Jamie Laurenson, Hakan Kousetta, Iain Canning and Emile Sherman with Zorana Piggott (Fanny Lye livery) as a producer.
Designer Oseman said she was “over the moon” that Heartstopper had landed at Netflix. “I feel extremely lucky to be able to work with a team of passionate and creative people who all love Heartstopper and I want to make it the best show possible. It’s a joy and an honor to be able to tell Nick and Charlie’s story on TV again and I’m so excited to share it not only with Heartstopper’s an existing readership, but also a whole new audience across the world. “
Alexi Wheeler, Director, Kids & Family Content, said he knew they were being offered something ‘amazing’ the first time See-Saw introduced him to Oseman and that ‘we absolutely couldn’t make it’ .
“It was clear right away that Alice had not only created these brilliant and emotionally exciting characters, but the world they populated was relatable but somehow ambitious. The whole thing is so poignant and beautifully designed. Telling a love story between two boys who meet at school involves such vision and such creative focus, Alice absolutely delivered that here, ”he said.
“When we started to develop the project, we collectively decided that Alice had such a clear vision that it would make sense for her to adapt and write the episodes herself; this has paid off and we are confident that the 8 episodes we have ordered will meet the expectations of existing fans while engaging new audiences. Alice is only 26 years old but her talent as a storyteller is incredible, ”he added.
Director Lyn added that he was eager to “bring to the screen the drama and humor of this joyous boy-boy romance,” while See-Saw Films executive producer Patrick Walters, called it a “happy tonic for those struggling people.” times”.
Oseman is represented by Emily Hayward-Whitlock at The Artists Partnership and Claire Wilson at RCW Literary Agency. Lyn is represented by Jessica Sykes at Independent Talent Group.