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Hulu has signed on to develop the half-hour project tentatively titled Queen. The potential series is described as a fictionalized version of RuPaul’s rise from club kid to drag queen, gay icon and global star.
Gary Lennon (Power) will pen the script and executive produce alongside RuPaul, Abrams and his Bad Robot Productions topper Ben Stephenson as well as World of Wonder’s Fenton Bailey, Tom Campbell and Randy Barbato. Warner Bros. Television, where Abrams’ Bad Robot banner is under a lucrative overall deal, will also exec produce Queen, which is set in 1980s New York during the Ronald Reagan era.
RuPaul (aka RuPaul Andre Charles) was born in San Diego in 1960 and studied performing arts in Atlanta before moving to New York, where he became a staple on the nightclub scene. He rocketed to fame after the release of his first single, “Supermodel (You Better Work).” That led to a VH1 talk show, The RuPaul Show. He has been the host of RuPaul’s Drag Race and multiple spinoffs since 2009.
Queen reunites RuPaul with World of Wonder, which produces Logo-turned-VH1’s Drag Race. RuPaul won his first Emmy in 2016 and is nominated again for outstanding reality host.
Should Queen move to series, it would be Bad Robot’s third show at Hulu and join the upcoming Abrams-produced Stephen King anthology Castle Rock as well as the previous King adaptation 11.22.63.
Lennon (Orange Is the New Black), RuPaul, World of Wonder and Bad Robot are all repped by CAA.
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