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'The Kids Are All Right' To Become A TV Series On HBO

by Kevin Jagernauth
October 13, 2011 10:24 AM
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The movie-to-TV train continues in full force this year and following in the footsteps of "The Transporter,” “The Lincoln Lawyer,” “Anger Management” and most recently, "Source Code" another film -- albeit one quite different from this list -- is now getting the small screen treatment.

Nominated for four Oscars including Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Support Actor and Best Screenplay, "The Kids Are All Right" will bring its unique story about a lesbian couple, their children and the sperm donor who made it happen to HBO, according to Deadline. Director Lisa Cholodenko will be directly involved as she is writing the pilot, and she will executive produce the potential series as well. The plan is for the show to pick up where the movie ended, further chronicling the unique lives of the characters. Frankly, it sounds like a great idea to use. Cholodenko and co-writer Stuart Blumberg created some great personalities in their film, people we don't usually see on the big screen and who were a joy to spend a couple of hours with, so a weekly series? On HBO? Fuck yeah, bring it on.

Of course it's too early to tell how casting will play out, but we presume none of the talent in the film will return (though that would be awesome) which makes this part of the developing project a bit tricky. The entire cast -- that included Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Mia Wasikowska and Josh Hutcherson -- leaves some pretty big shoes to fill, but if the writing is strong and the actors who eventually do come aboard are game, it shouldn't be too much of an issue. Of course, the movie-to-TV track record is littered with shows that either couldn't live up to its predecessor or never found an audience, but this project seems to be off to the right start, and moreover, has a great home at HBO. To refresh your memory, here's the trailer for the movie, and if you haven't seen it, what are you waiting for?

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3 Comments

  • alex | November 30, 2011 5:25 PMReply

    What are the chance they could hire writers who have a clue about being lesbian parents to teenagers rather than someone who has no clue what it was like to face the hostility and disrespect and invisibility that we of the first wave faced? We paved the way for parents of little kids like Cholondenko. It's because we had to be humiliated as unfit parents because of homosexuality and be turned down by the DSS adoption studies and then go to court and fight for our rights to be parents to our own children, that Ms. Cholondenko did not have to suffer through that.

    It annoys me to represent long standing relationships that have braved all of the lack of support and hostility as "See, we are just like everyone else" or sexless and dead. We are not. Relationships among lesbian parents did not survive if we didn't work like hell on them and even then the lack of social support makes it unlikely.

    My problem with that movie was that is made a joke of those of us in thirty year relationships who raised children through all the homophobia, lack of awareness, distrust from our own communities (we want to be heteronormative breeders), constant educating people (No, we are not raising them to be gay), justifying that no we don't need a man in the home to raise healthy sons, etc.

    Please get someone who has a clue and an ounce of respect for this of us who carried papers with us all the time to prove we had legal rights to our children when the next straight couple over could be seen without question. Those of us who were threatened with fraud investigations, etc. Our community had no sense of history and we harm ourselves in this way.

    alex

  • Matt | October 14, 2011 8:17 AMReply

    I want to see this one!

  • Alex | October 13, 2011 12:32 PMReply

    We're going to have some answers for why that kid was named Laser, right?

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