Love it or hate it, The Kids Are All Right gave us one of the most high-profile lesbian family portraits to make it to the big screen. And now it just might do the same thing for the small screen. HBO and director Lisa Cholodenko are developing the film into an hour-long series.
According to Deadline.com, Cholodenko, who wrote and directed the Oscar-nominated film, is writing a pilot script for a The Kids Are All Right series. The show would apparently focus on the film’s five main characters: lesbian parents Nic and Jules, their kids Joni and Laser, and their sperm-donor Paul.
There’s no word on how the story would unfold. So it’s unclear whether it would be told after the events of the film or retell the events of the film or go an entirely different direction than the film. It’s also unclear whether all or even any of the film’s stars (Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, Josh Hutcherson and Mark Ruffalo) would reprise their roles.
But one thing is for sure: It’ll be interesting to see how the lesbian community reacts to the series if it makes it onto the air. Reactions were sharply split over the movie, some enjoyed its layered look at what it means to be a family and others repelled by its use of the lesbian who sleeps with a man trope.
I famously fell into the former category, and welcome the news of a new show that focuses on a lesbian family. But, as always, the proof would be in the execution. Plus, more representation on TV, particularly of a family, could be a good thing for visibility.
So, what do you think about a The Kids Are All Right TV show? Who should be cast? Since Jennifer Beals needs work, don’t you think she’d make an excellent Nic? Julie Benz as Jules? Mary Stuart Masterson? Jennifer Jason Leigh? Discuss.