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Billy Porter Is Directing the Gay Summer Camp Romance Film We Deserve

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It looks like another must-see movie is coming from Pose star and Emmy winner Billy Porter.

Deadline made the exclusive announcement that Porter will be directing the adaptation of Lev Rosen’s queer YA novel Camp for HBO Max and Warner Bros. 

The film, written by Robert O’Hara and Kit Williamson, will follow a 16-year-old gay boy named Randy who loves spending his summers at Camp Outland, a camp for LGBTQ+ teens. The camp is where Randy can be himself, where he met his best friends, and where he gets to perform in musicals.

It’s also where he got a crush on Hudson Aaronson-Lim, who, unfortunately, is only into “straight-acting” gay guys and barely even knowns the campy and flamboyant Randy exists. From there, Randy concocts a plan to win Hudson’s heart.

In the film, “Randy reinvents himself over the summer as Del, a buff, masculine, and on-the-market camper. Even if it means giving up show tunes, nail polish, and his unicorn bedsheets, he’s determined to get Hudson to fall for him. But as he and Hudson grow closer, Randy has to ask himself how much he is willing to change for love. And is it really love anyway, if Hudson doesn’t know who he truly is?”

Porter is also set to play the camp’s theater director, Mark, in the film, which is being produced by Dan Jinks.

“Billy Porter, who I’ve been fortunate to know for more than 20 years, is the perfect director for this story, which is both hilariously funny and also quite moving,” Jinks said. “I wish a movie like this was around when I was growing up. I’m thrilled we get to make it now.”

Billy Porter is quickly racking up quite the directorial slate. He’s also directing a teen trans romance film, tentatively titled What If? That film, which stars newcomer Eva Reign, follows a trans high school senior and the cis boy who has a crush on her. 

When the boy posts online asking for advice about his crush, the internet encourages him to ask her out, and the film follows what happens next.

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