Matthew López Will Adapt and Direct Red, White, and Royal Blue for the Screen

Film & TV News   Matthew López Will Adapt and Direct Red, White, and Royal Blue for the Screen
Casey McQuiston’s gay romantic comedy was a instant hit when it debuted in 2019.
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The Inheritance Tony winner Matthew López is writing an adaptation of Casey McQuiston’s gay romantic comedy novel Red, White, and Royal Blue for Amazon Studios—and he'll make his directorial debut, as well. Published in 2019, the book quickly became a New York Times best-seller and went viral thanks to word of mouth within the LGBTQIA+ community for its positive mainstream depiction of gay romance in the beach read genre, which historically lacks non-heteronormative storylines.

More details, including casting and a release date, will be announced later.

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Producers for the film include Berlanti/Schechter Films’ Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter, with Michael McGrath executive producing. López will also executive produce.

López’s The Inheritance—also rooted in the LGBTQIA+ experience—scored four Tony Awards earlier this week, including Best Play, along with awards for director Stephen Daldry and two performers: Andrew Burnap and Lois Smith.

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