After a competitive bidding war that received multiple offers, Gabrielle Union’s I’ll Have Another Productions has sold a queer teen comedy feature, with the working title “To Be Real,” to Amazon Studios. Tony winner, current Emmy nominee and recent Emmy winner Billy Porter — who’s been shooting his feature directorial debut “What If?” for Orion Pictures this summer — is attached to direct an original script by Ryan Shiraki, as sold from a pitch. Shiraki, a prolific TV director (“On My Block”) is also an executive producer on the upcoming HBO Max animated series “Santa Inc.,” starring and executive produced by Seth Rogen and Sarah Silverman, and created by Alexandra Rushfield.
Described as an LGBTQ “Superbad” crossed with “Booksmart,” according to its logline, “‘To Be Real’ follows three queer friends who escape their hometown for Pride Weekend in New York City where they discover that life over the rainbow is an insane, raunchy, often divisive, but ultimately FIERCE non-stop party.”
Union’s I’ll Have Another has been busy, developing among other projects books like Tamara Winfrey-Harris’ “The Sisters Are Alright” and George M. Johnson’s “All Boys Aren’t Blue” under the company’s first-look deal with Sony Pictures Television, as well as developing “New Money,” a half-hour comedy executive produced by Union, Jemele Hill and Kelley Carter at Showtime.
Porter’s “What If?” is also teen-focused, but on the drama side. Next month, Porter could win his second Emmy as Pray Tell for the final season of “Pose,” and he will soon be seen in Amazon’s “Cinderella” as the Fab G.
Union will produce “To Be Real,” and Kian Gass from I’ll Have Another will executive produce. Porter and Shiraki will also executive produce.
Union is represented by CAA, Range Media Partners and Felker Toczek Suddleson Abramson. Porter is repped by CAA, Industry entertainment and Felker Toczek Suddleson Abramson. Shiraki is represented by APA, Rain Management Group and Schreck Rose Dapello Adams Berlin & Dunham.