Some of Jane Austen's most beloved characters are about to get a modern, queer-inclusive makeover, thanks to Bowen Yang
and Joel Kim Booster.
Yang and Booster will star in "Fire Island
," a gay-themed romantic comedy
loosely based on "Pride and Prejudice
reported on Wednesday. The film will follow two friends
as they embark on a weeklong vacation to Fire Island — New York
's premier gay resort — "with the help of cheap rosé and a cadre of eclectic friends," the report said.
Booster, whose credits include the TV shows "Sunnyside" and "Shrill," will pen the script for "Fire Island," which will be directed by Andrew Ahn, who explored themes of identity
and intersectionality in the 2016 film "Spa Night" and the 2018 Sundance Now series, "This Close."
A GAY PRIDE AND PREJUDICE ON FIRE ISLAND WITH @ihatejoelkim AND BOWEN YANG! https://t.co/CEdp4jNND5
— Andrew Ahn (@AndrewAhnFilms) June 30, 2021
“Fire Island” will be available on Hulu
in the United States
and on Disney
+ under the Star brand worldwide, with no release date set.
The project's announcement comes amid a slew of queer-inclusive programming on Hulu, which is owned by Disney. The streaming network scored a holiday
hit in December with "Happiest Season," a queer Christmas
comedy starring Kristen Stewart and Mackenzie Davis, and Season 2 of the gay teen
series "Love, Victor" premiered to critical acclaim in June.
And Booster, who gushed about his love of “Pride and Prejudice” in a 2018 interview
with Stardia, is the person best suited to adapting Austen for a modern audience.
Though the book
was first published in 1813, Booster said at the time that its satirical take on relationships
and class structure "feels so relevant to gay social mores," and that "when I see that reflected in a Victorian novel, that's so funny
In terms of amplifying Asian voices
onscreen, the Korean native added, "We are so thirsty to see ourselves represented. And thirsty to support one another. It's a community that truly puts its money
where its mouth is."