Greg Berlanti to Direct Coming-Out Drama 'Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda' (Exclusive)

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Greg Berlanti

Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen of Temple Hill are producing the film adaptation of Becky Albertalli’s YA best-seller.

Greg Berlanti, best known as one of the architects of DC’s television universe, is heading to the movies. 

The TV showrunner is in negotiations to direct Fox 2000’s adaptation of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda.  

Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen of Temple Hill are producing the adaptation of Becky Albertalli’s YA best-seller along with Pouya Shabazian.

Described as a coming-of-age coming-out story, the plot centers on a high school junior named Simon whose sexual-orientation secret falls into the hands of the class clown. The latter blackmails the teen into playing cupid and while that unfolds, Simon tries to navigate a way that will let him come out to his friends and family, not pushed out.

Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger , who co-exec produce the new NBC show This Is Us, wrote the script and an early 2017 start date is being eyed.

Berlanti directed 2010’s relationship drama Life As We Know It, which starred Katherine Heigl, but is best known for his TV work, which ranges from Dawson’s Creek to Brothers & Sisters. The last several years have seen him devote time to adaptations of DC Entertainment comics and characters, with him writing, developing and executive producing Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow.

Berlanti is repped by WME. Aptaker and Berger are repped by Verve and Management 360.