Mr. Darcy in the Meat Rack?
It was announced this week that out stand-up comic Joel Kim Booster is developing a gay romantic comedy set on New York’s Fire Island—and based on an 1813 novel of manners.
“Written by Booster, Trip, set on the iconic Fire Island, is an unapologetic, modern day rom-com inspired by Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice," Deadline reports. "The story centers around two best friends who set out to have a legendary week-long summer vacation with the help of cheap rosé and a cadre of eclectic friends.”
The 31-year-old Sunnyside star is developing the project with Jax Media for Quibi, Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman’s short-form digital streaming service.
“For the last couple of years I’ve been threatening to pitch a gay Pride and Prejudice adaptation that takes place entirely on Fire Island and I finally found a platform foolish enough to do it," Booster tweeted.
"This is my version of Sandler telling Netflix he has to film his next movie on the Amalfi Coast or some shit. Only I’m making all my friends wear speedos on Long Island in April," he continued. "I’m just laying the ground work for my real passion project: Persuasion, set on an Atlantis Cruise."
Booster, who was born in South Korea and adopted as an infant by a white Christian family, began his stand-up career in Chicago and moved to New York City in 2014. With him at the helm, expect Trip to be heavy on pride, light on prejudice.
"My work really allows me to express pride in a lot of different ways," Booster told Logo earlier this year. "I’m telling my own story on stage through stand up. It gives me license to speak without a filter in ways that I probably wouldn’t in everyday life."
"I think my work as a comedian and as a writer is anti-shame, which is sort of the definition of pride in a lot of ways," he continued. "Not being ashamed of who I am, where I came from, what I do, and talking about that onstage allows me to show pride in all of that."
Booster, who co-hosts the RuPaul's Drag Race podcast What the Tuck?, has also written for shows like Big Mouth, Billy on the Street, and The Other Two.
Other shows announced for Quibi include Tituss Burgess' Dishmantled, Sasha Velour's Nightgowns, and Lena Waithe's You Ain’t Got These.
Quibi is set to launch in April 2020.