*J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot production company has teamed with RuPaul and World of Wonder (the production company behind his series “RuPaul’s Drag Race”) for a half-hour dramedy series based on his rise from club kid to drag queen, gay icon, and global star.
The project is described as a fictionalized version of RuPaul’s life story, according to Deadline. Written by Power executive producer Gary Lennon, the drama is set in New York City during the Reagan era 1980s.
The San Diego native, full name RuPaul Andre Charles, moved to Atlanta to study performing arts, and eventually settled in New York City where he became a popular fixture on the nightclub scene.
RuPaul will executive produce alongside Bad Robot’s Abrams and Ben Stephenson as well as World of Wonder’s Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, and Tom Campbell.
The series is expected to be taken to the marketplace shortly.
RuPaul has a longstanding relationship with World Of Wonder dating back to appearing on the company’s Channel 4 series Manhattan Cable and toplining its series The RuPaul Show for VH1 in the 1990s. WOW produces the hit RuPaul’s Drag Race — moving from Logo TV to VH1 this year — as well as all of its offshoots. RuPaul’s Drag Race, heading into its ninth season, earned RuPaul an Emmy Award for best reality series host last year.