“Stranger Things” producer and “Real Steel” director Shawn Levy is teaming with “The Flash” producer and “Love, Simon” director Greg Berlanti with both their production companies teaming on a film adaptation of the upcoming high school-set sci-fi musical “Be More Chill”.
The pair beat out the likes of producers Nina Jacobson, Robert Zemeckis, Michael De Luca, Marty Bowen, Scooter Braun and Brian Grazer for the project and with both their deals at Fox, it’s likely the project will end up there. ‘Chill’ became a viral sensation that has generated an unprecedented amount of song streams, even though the musical so far has only had one Off-Broadway run.
Boasting music and lyrics by Joe Iconis of NBC’s “Smash” fame, and book by Joe Tracz which is based on the young adult novel by Ned Vizzini, the story revolves around a nerdy and bullied high school junior who tries to up his social status from the loser he feels like.
He joins the school play, a post-apocalyptic Midsummer Night’s Dream with zombies, and is persuaded by a bully to take SQUIP, a pill with a computer chip that embeds itself into the brain and tells kids exactly what to say and do to become popular.
Jeremy’s customized SQUIP guru, invisible to everyone else, looks and sounds just like Keanu Reeves.