Camp: HBO Max to adapt Lev Rosen’s coming-of-age novel into film
According to Deadline, HBO Max has successfully acquired the rights to author Lev Rosen’s forthcoming coming-of-age novel titled Camp which centers around a summer camp for queer teens. The streaming service is planning to adapt the YA novel into film with EastSiders creator and star Kit Williamson attached to pen the screenplay.
Set in the summer at Camp Outland, the film follows the story of a teenage boy named Randy Kapplehoff, who tries to reivent himself as Del in order to get a shot at getting his crush Hudson Aaronson-Lim to finally acknowledge him. Camp is scheduled to launch on Tuesday, May 26 in the US and on May 28 in the UK.
The novel’s official synopsis reads: “Sixteen-year-old Randy Kapplehoff loves spending the summer at Camp Outland, a camp for queer teens. It’s where he met his best friends. It’s where he takes to the stage in the big musical. And it’s where he fell for Hudson Aaronson-Lim — who’s only into straight-acting guys and barely knows not-at-all-straight-acting Randy even exists.
This year, though, it’s going to be different. Randy has reinvented himself as ‘Del’ — buff, masculine, and on the market. Even if it means giving up show tunes, nail polish, and his unicorn bedsheets, he’s determined to get Hudson to fall for him.
But as he and Hudson grow closer, Randy has to ask himself: How much is he willing to change for love? And is it really love anyway, if Hudson doesn’t know who he truly is?”
The film adaptation will be produced by Oscar-winning producer Dan Jinks (American Beauty) through his Dan Jinks Company banner with Jessie Henderson to oversee for HBO Max. “I found this book hilariously funny and also quite moving,” Dan Jinks said in a statement. “It’s a gay teenage love story that has nothing to do with coming out. A book, and a movie, like this would have meant the world to me when I was growing up. I’m thrilled that HBO Max jumped on board so enthusiastically.”
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