HBO Max are already pushing their weight around despite not having yet launched. The upstart streamer has won a five-studio bidding war for the rights to the upcoming YA novel, I’ll Be The One. Nahnatchka Khan (Always Be My Maybe) is on board as a producer, and is also eyeing to direct the project.
The novel was written by Lyla Lee, and follows 6-year-old Skye Shin — a bisexual Korean-American girl — as she pursues her dreams as a participant on the reality TV singing and dancing competition K-Pop Shining Star.
With the help of her new friends and her crush, world-famous model Henry Cho, Skye faces the industry’s old-fashioned beauty standards head on, setting her sights on becoming a K-pop star — one the world has never seen before.
Colleen McGuinness, Emmy-nominated writer who has worked on 30 Rock, will adapt the novel for the screen. The book itself will be published this summer. It must have huge potential considering five studios were bidding on it before publication.
This isn’t the only film adaptation of a YA novel HBO Max has in development. The streamer also has an adaptation of UNpregnant in the works, with Haley Lu Richardson and Barbie Ferreira set to star in a coming-of-age story that focuses on a Missouri teen who hits the highway with a friend to obtain a legal abortion.
HBO Max will launch in May.