Gabrielle Union is adapting All Boys Aren’t Blue Memoir into TV series through her I’ll Have Another Production Company. She optioned television rights to George M. Johnson’s bestselling memoir and will develop it as a series with Sony Pictures TV, where I’ll Have Another is under a first-look deal.
In his All Boys Aren’t Blue memoir, journalist and LGBTQ+ activist Johnson explores his childhood and adolescence growing up in Plainfield, NJ. As well as his college years attending an HBCU in Virginia. The book chronicles Johnson’s harsh memories of getting his teeth kicked out by bullies at age five. As well as his loving relationship with his grandmother whom he affectionately called “Nanny.” It also touches on his first sexual experience as well. The young adult memoir showcases the life of growing up under the duality of being black and queer. The stories wrestle with triumph and tragedy and cover heavy topics such as gender identity, toxic masculinity, brotherhood. As well as family, structural marginalization, consent and Black joy.
“I wrote this memoir and shared these stories because of the importance and need to center black stories from the black perspective,” Johnson says. “I didn’t have stories like these growing up and honestly I don’t have many now so I knew I needed to do my part to make sure the next generation of black queer children had something they could relate to and connect with. There are days I look at TV and film and still don’t see myself represented. So, my ultimate goal was providing the story I didn’t have but always needed and to be the vessel so that so many can feel seen and heard.
News on Gabrielle Union adapting All Boys Aren’t Blue memoir was first read on Deadline.