Disney+ is in development on a new series based on the LGBT-themed sci-fi YA novel The Temperature of Me and You, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The project, which is said to be a series comes from former studios executives Foster Driver and Zoe Kent.
The series will be written by Alden Derck, who was a writers’ assistant on the series Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Per the trade, this recent move comes on the heels of a very recent formation of their production banner, Driver+Kent Media, and their signing with Verve for representation.
Written by Brian Zepka, the novel follows sixteen-year-old Dylan Highmark, who thought his winter was going to be full of boring shifts at the Dairy Queen, until he finds himself in love with a boy who’s literally too hot to handle. The novel hit shelves Jan. 25 from Disney-Hyperion, is described as a story of first love, journey of trust and identity, and a ticking clock for survival.
“The focus is content that speaks to a global audience through the transformative lens of genre, sci-fi, fantasy and character-driven drama, we believe that all people are equal and deserve to experience content that reflects the world we live in today and the world we want to live in tomorrow.”Foster Driver and Zoe Kent in a joint statement
This will be a one of a kind series for Disney+, marking the first major LGBTQ+ themed project to debut for the streamer. Love, Victor was originally in the works for Disney+ before making the move to Hulu. They also had a series in the works titled Four Dads, which was ultimately scratched. Disney also canned a long in development animated film Nimona. The moves made supporters of the LGBTQ+ disheartened. So, hopefully The Temperature of Me and You will be something that helps open doors moving forward.