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Love, Simon sequel Leah on the Offbeat heading to Disney+

Love, Simon

Story by Jack Foley

A SEQUEL to hit gay teen romance Love, Simon is heading to Disney+.

The forthcoming direct-to-consumer streaming platform has handed out a straight-to-series order for Leah on the Offbeat, author Becky Albertalli’s sequel to Love, Simon.

Screenwriters Elizabeth Berger and Isaac Aptaker, who penned the Fox 2000 movie, will return as showrunners but the drama will feature a new cast. Nick Robinson and Katherine Langford will not be returning, according to The Hollywood Reporter, and neither will Greg Berlanti, who directed the original film, which was notable for being the first feature with a gay lead.

The decision to revisit Love, Simon comes after Disney acquired rights to the property in its $71.3 billion Fox asset buy.

But rather than develop the follow-up as a cinematic release, Disney has chosen to add it to the rota of forthcoming programmes it is developing for its Disney+ streaming service, as it seeks to compete with the likes of Netflix and Amazon Prime.

The streaming service already has Star Wars and Avengers spin-offs heading for streaming but is now in the business of broadening out its slate.

Love, Simon was the debut book for author Albertalli, which she followed up, in 2018, with the sequel Leah on the Offbeat, which focused on Leah as she handles subjects including friendships, relationships, body image, sexuality, self-esteem, college and feeling like an outsider.

In addition to the Star Wars and Marvel programmes, Disney+ is aiming to draw a wide and diverse range of audiences to their service, with other forthcoming shows including the dramedy High Fidelity, starring Zoe Kravitz, a new take on High School Musical, Disney-themed entry Book of Enchantment and Diary of a Female President.