In a competitive situation, Warner Bros TV has acquired Ryan O’Connell’s book I’m Special: And Other Lies We Tell Ourselves for development as a half-hour comedy series. Jim Parsons and Todd Spiewak will executive produce through their That’s Wonderful Productions with O’Connell attached to write and also executive produce. They will begin shopping the project next month.
I’m Special: And Other Lies We Tell Ourselves, to be published in June by Simon & Schuster, is described as a part-memoir, part-manifesto by O’Connell — who is both gay and has cerebral palsy — about what it’s like to grow up with special needs. It reveals what sets apart the latest generation of young people coming of age in an all-wired, over-educated and underemployed world and touches on modern dating culture, internships, jobs, drugs and coming out of the closet.
That’s Wonderful Productions is repped by CAA. O’Connell is repped by UTA and Jackoway Tyerman.