WASHINGTON: American actor and singer Billy Porter is set to direct a teenage queer comedy feature tentatively titled “To Be Real” for Amazon Studios.
According to Variety, the upcoming project is from I’ll Have Another Productions by Gabrielle Union which has a deal with Amazon Studios.
Porter, who shot his directorial debut feature “What if?” For Orion Pictures, will direct the queer teen comedy from an original screenplay by Ryan Shiraki.
Described as an LGBTQ ‘Superbad’ crossed with ‘Booksmart’, according to his connection line, “‘To Be Real’ follows three queer friends who escape their hometown for Pride Weekend in New York where they find out that life above the rainbow is insane, scorching, often divisive, but ultimately FIERCE celebrates non-stop. “
Union’s I’ll Have Another Productions has been very busy, developing books such as Tamara Winfrey-Harris’ “The Sisters Are Alright” and George M. Johnson’s “All Boys Aren’t Blue” as part of the The company’s leading agreement with Sony. Pictures Television, as well as the development of ‘New Money,’ a half-hour comedy produced by Union, Jemele Hill and Kelley Carter on Showtime.
” And if ? Porter’s focus is teenagers as well, but on the side of the drama. 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 Fab G.
Union will produce ‘To Be Real’ and Kian Gass of I’ll Have Another Productions will be executive producer. Porter and Shiraki will also be executive producers.