Netflix has given the green light to young adult drama series Heartstopper, to be produced by See-Saw Films. Heartstopper will be the Emmy, BAFTA and Academy Award-winning production company’s second television commission for the streamer.
Based on Alice Oseman’s young adult graphic novel series, Heartstopper will consist of eight 30-minute episodes with critically-acclaimed and award-winning Euros Lyn (Sherlock, Doctor Who) is attached to direct. Creator Alice Oseman has also written all eight episodes for the series.
Heartstopper will be executive produced by See-Saw’s Patrick Walters, Jamie Laurenson and Hakan Kousetta and the company’s joint managing directors Iain Canning and Emile Sherman, alongside Euros Lyn. Zorana Piggott is also joining the Heartstopper team to produce the series.
Originally launched as a web comic on Tumblr and Tapas and amassing a big following, Oseman has since published three book volumes of the Heartstopper series with Vol. 4 publishing this May.
Heartstopper is the story of Charlie and Nick who meet at an all-boys school in Kent, become friends, and quickly discover a romance is blossoming between them. Over the series Charlie and Nick fall head over heels for each other.
Along the way they realise there is a strong community of allies and friends around them, helping them to access their authentic selves, but also teaching them there is no ‘right way’ to come out.
Creator Alice Oseman says, “I am over the moon that Heartstopper has found a place at Netflix. Netflix is totally in support of my and See-Saw’s vision for the show, and I feel incredibly lucky to get to work with a team of passionate, creative people who all adore Heartstopper and want to make it the most beautiful show we can.”
She added: “It’s a joy and an honour to get to re-tell Nick and Charlie’s story for TV and I am so excited to share it not only with Heartstopper’s existing readership, but also a whole new audience around the world.”
Director Euros Lyn adds, “I’m thrilled to be directing all eight episodes of Alice Osman’s glorious Heartstopper and can’t wait to bring the drama and humour of this joyous boy-meets-boy love story to the screen.”
See-Saw Films’ Executive Producer Patrick Walters commented: “Alice Oseman’s Heartstopper is joyful tonic for these troubled times. It is an affecting graphic novel that’s on-screen version will pack a real emotional punch for today’s LGBTQIA+ teens.
“At See-Saw a top priority is to find stories that champion the underdog, and in Charlie and Nick we’ve been able to do exactly that. To have attached a filmmaker as uniquely talented and passionate as Euros Lyn to helm the series is a dream come true.”
Alice Oseman is a full-time writer and illustrator whose first novel, Solitaire, was published by HarperCollins when she was just 19. She has since written Radio Silence and I Was Born for This, as well as two e-book novellas also based on characters from Solitaire, titled Nick and Charlie and This Winter all published by HarperCollins.
The multi award-winning Heartstopper series is published by Hachette in the UK and Scholastic in the US, as well as in 14 other translation territories worldwide. Over a quarter of a million copies have been sold in the English Language, and volumes One, Two and Three were all number one bestselling graphic novels in the UK, with Volume One on its 16th printing already.
Euros Lyn is a BAFTA winning film and television director who has most recently directed feature film Dream Horse for Film 4/Warner Bros. starring Toni Collette and Damian Lewis. He is winner of the BAFTA Cymru for Best Director four times, most recently for Channel 4 series Kiri as all as the first series of Sherlock.
He also directed award-winning single film Damilola: Our Loved Boy and the first series of Happy Valley both for BBC. Credits also include Black Mirror for Channel 4 which won an International Emmy for Best Drama Series, BAFTA winning Last Tango in Halifax for BBC as well as episodes of Broadchurch, Cucumber, Daredevil and Doctor Who. He has also directed episodes of the first series of His Dark Materials for BBC/HBO.