Netflix Orders Adaptation of LGBTQ Graphic Novel ‘Heartstopper’

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Alice Oseman’s LGBTQ graphic novel Heartstopper has been commissioned by Netflix UK as an eight-part live-action series.

Heartstopper is a coming-of-age story about friendship and love between two high school boys in England. It has gained a large and loyal fanbase since it first appeared as a webcomic in 2016 via Tumblr and Tapas, and then subsequently published by Hachette Children’s Group.

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“This is a story that deserves to be told,” said Alexi Wheeler, director, Kids & Family Content at Netflix, in the official announcement. “I am so proud to be championing Charlie and Nick’s story. We care deeply that all young people see themselves reflected in our content.”

Oseman, who is writing all eight episodes, has been celebrating the show on social media, recently posting about the talent search:

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