Netflix orders live-action adaptation of Heartstopper
James R | On 25, Jan 2021
Netflix has commissioned a live-action series based on Heartstopper.
Created by Alice Oseman, Heartstopper started out as a webcomic in 2016 and has gone on to be released as graphic novels. It follows Charlie and Nick, who meet at school and become friends before gradually developing a romantic relationship.
Now, Netflix is bringing the comic to the screen for an eight-part series. Produced by See-Saw Films, including Doctor Who and Daredevil director Euros Lyn, the series will be adapted by Alice for the screen.
“It was clear right away that Alice not only had created these brilliant and emotionally engaging characters, but the world they populated was relatable yet somehow aspirational. The whole thing is just so poignant and beautifully crafted. To tell a love story between two boys who meet at school involves such vision and creative focus, Alice has absolutely delivered this here,” said Alexi Wheeler, Netflix’s Director, Kids & Family Content.
“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 dividends and we are confident that the 8 episodes we have commissioned will live up to the expectations of existing fans while also engaging a new audience.”
“I am so proud to be championing Charlie and Nick’s story. We care deeply that all young people see themselves reflected in our content, and are hopeful that many people, whatever their age or identity, will see themselves in this bold and uplifting series,” Wheeler added.