The U.S. has never had a big-screen gay teen romance that received a wide release, but Greg Berlanti, producer of the CW's Arrow, The Flash, and Supergirl, is changing things. His film Love, Simon, based on the book Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, is set to premiere in 2018. The story follows Simon, a gay high school kid who hasn't come out to his friends or family, but falls for one of his classmates in an anonymous online chat.
Berlanti, an openly gay man who is engaged to soccer star Robbie Rogers, has dipped his toe in similar territory before. His 2000 indie comedy The Broken Hearts Club follows a group of gay men in Hollywood as they deal with an unexpected tragedy. The movie helped jump-start the careers of actors like Zach Braff, Timothy Olyphant, and Justin Theroux.