Transgender Family Drama From Joel Silver & Don Roos In Works At Freeform

Freeform has put in development New People, a family drama from The Opposite Of Sex writer-director Don Roos, Joel Silver’s Silver Pictures and Lionsgate Television.

BecomingNicoleThe series is inspired by the bestselling and well-received nonfiction book Becoming Nicole: The Transformation Of An American Family by Amy Ellis Nutt, which in turn was inspired by the true story of a transgender girl, her identical twin brother and their family’s journey.

New People falls under Silver Pictures’ first-look deal with Lionsgate TV. Roos executive produces with Silver and Rodney Ferrell who oversees the television division of Silver PicturDonRooses.

As ABC Family, Freeform previously tackled the subject of a family with a transgender member in the docuseries Becoming Us.

On the feature side, Silver has The Nice Guys, starring Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling, at Warner Bros., opening May 20.  Silver is also producing through Silver Pictures the George Clooney-directed Suburbicon, written by Joel and Ethan Coen and starring Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, Josh Brolin and Oscar Isaac.

Roos’ feature writing credits also include Single White Female and Marley & Me. In TV, he co-created with Lisa Kudrow and Dan Bucatinsky the comedy series Web Therapy. Roos is repped by UTA and attorneys at Hansen, Jacobson, Teller.

The book Becoming Nicole was repped by Howie Sanders at UTA and Wendy Strothman at Strothman Agency.

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