By: Michael “The Sizzler” Jacobs, Staff Writer
HOLLYWOOD, CA — For the first time in history, a gay theme film entitled “Love Simon” (2018), is being released by a major Hollywood studio, 20th Century Fox.
The studio is pulling out all the routine marketing strategies without missing a beat for its first ever investment in a Gay Teen romance motion picture.
Set to be released in theaters in March 2018, 20th Century Fox will release a big screen, John Hughes-esque romantic dramedy about a male teenager in love and it just so happens that he’s gay.
Love, Simon, based on Becky Albertalli’s 2015 YA novel Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, is directed by Greg Berlanti (Riverdale, The Flash).
The film stars Nick Robinson (Jurassic Wold’s) as Simon, a teenager who starts an email romance with another closeted classmate. Love Simon (2018) also stars Jennifer Garner (Miracles from Heaven) and Josh Duhamel (Transformers: The Last Knight).
From the same studio and producers of The Fault in Our Stars, Simon has all the markings of a classic, mainstream teen coming-of-age flick: football games, drunken parties, school carnivals. But the romantic leads are two guys. It’s funny, sweet, sad and, ultimately, ground-breaking.
Everyone deserves a great love story. But for Simon it’s complicated: no-one knows he’s gay and he doesn’t know who the anonymous classmate is that he’s fallen for online. Resolving both issues proves hilarious, scary and life-changing.
“There’s this one section of the film where Simon imagines this one boy and imagines them kissing underneath the mistletoe at Christmas,” says director Greg Berlanti. “In every other major studio film, it’s always the guy and the girl. And there was something so powerful about it being just a guy imagining himself with this other guy in a film again that was going to be marketed and sold as a mainstream romantic comedy.” said Berlanti.
Directed by: Greg Berlanti
Distributed by: 20th Century Fox Distribution
Release date: March 16, 2018
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