Netflix is adapting a beloved teen novel.
The streaming giant announced Thursday, that Judy Blume’s 1975 novel “Forever” will be “reimagined” for “a new generation” by Mara Brock Akil, the writer/producer.
According to a press release, “It’s an epic romance story of two Black teens discovering romance and their identities through awkward journeys of being each other’s’ firsts.”
Akil is most well-known for his hits “Girlfriends,” The Game,” Being Mary Jane and “Love Is.”
Judy Blume’s ability to capture the true emotions experienced during youth rites of passage influenced my writing style and life choices. Akil stated that she was honored to reimagine “Forever”, one of her favorite books. “It is an honor to partner with a childhood legend and bring this story to Netflix. The idea of your first love being with You Forever is shared with the rest of the world through the lens of Black love.
Akil will be the showrunner and executive producer.
There is no target premiere date for the series.