Disney + is adding to its stable of queer representation.
Former studio executives Foster Driver and Zoe Kent are producing a new show under their Driver+Kent Media banner, set to be a series adaptation of a new LGBTQ-themed, sci-fi, young adult title The Temperature of Me and You.
The Temperature of Me and You is the debut novel from public health advocate and researcher Brian Zepka. It's described as "a story of first love, journey of trust and identity, and a ticking clock for survival."
The book tells the story of Dylan, a 16-year-old boy working at a local Dairy Queen in the suburbs of Philadelphia pining for love. That's when he meets Jordan, a cute boy with a unique trait: his resting body temperature is 110 degrees Fahrenheit.
The two begin spending time together, and after a while, Dylan catches a fever and begins coughing up flames. Jordan asks Dylan to keep his symptoms a secret, but eventually, that pushes Dylan away from his friends and family and he becomes distant. This development forces Jordan to reveal his "out-of-this-world secret."
The book was published by Disney-Hyperion on January 25th and is already garnering praise as one of the best YA books of the year.
Alden Derck is set to write the series. He started on television as a writer's assistant on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, where he also wrote some original songs. He also recently sold the horror/comedy/musical series Student Bodies to Peacock, and set up a pilot about behind the scenes of the pop music world called Hit, at Hulu.
This new series is said to be at the top of the list of projects for Driver+Kent, so hopefully we'll see it sooner rather than later. The Temperature of Me and You is currently available wherever books are sold.
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