‘The Temperature of Me and You’ Booke Adaptation Set at Disney+ – The Hollywood Reporter
Former studio execs Foster Driver and Zoe Kent set up LGBT-themed YA sci-fi novel adaptation The temperature of you and me at Disney+, with Alden Derck on board to pen the project, which is meant to be a series.
The move follows the very recent formation of their production banner, Driver+Kent Media, and signing with Verve for representation.
The debut novel by public health advocate and researcher Brian Zepka, Temperature, which was released Jan. 25 from Disney-Hyperion, is described as a story of first love, a journey of trust and identity, and a countdown to survival.
It tells the story of a 16-year-old boy named Dylan looking for love while working shifts at a Dairy Queen in suburban Philadelphia. Walks in Jordan, a cute boy who lives his life at 110 degrees Fahrenheit. After the two begin spending time together, Dylan finds himself catching a fever and coughing up flames, with Jordan being forced to reveal his out-of-this-world secret. The book has generated its own heat in advance as one of the YA titles to watch in 2022.
The project is now at the top of the slate at Driver + Kent, which has several in development as it targets stories across film, television, digital media and other forms of media on the horizon. The focus is on “content that speaks to a global audience through the transformative lens of genre, sci-fi, fantasy and character-driven drama,” the duo said in a statement. .
“We believe that all people are equal and deserve to experience content that reflects the world we live in today and the world we want to live in tomorrow,” they added.
Kent began his career at Skydance during the company’s formative years before joining Warner Bros. where she and Driver worked together as colleagues. At Warners, Kent was involved in edge of tomorrow and Argo. She then joined MGM where she worked on two of their biggest franchises, James Bond and Creed, before finally landing at Disney and reuniting with Driver. While at Disney, Kent was one of the executives behind the live-action adaptations of Cruel and the live action takes place Mulana, and The Lion King, with the latter grossing over $1.64 billion.
Driver began his studio career working at Warners, then became an executive at Columbia Pictures before joining Disney in 2014. There he helped helm projects such as Pirates of the Caribbean, Tim Burton’s point of view Dumbo, The Lion King and Jungle Cruise. Most recently, Driver worked at Michael B. Jordan’s Outlier Society, where he helped develop several projects, including Without remorse and the untitled Val Zod/Superman project for DC.
Derck made his television debut as an assistant writer on Crazy ex-girlfriend, where he wrote two episodes for the show’s final season and helped write some of its original songs. More recently, Alden sold Student bodies, a horror/comedy/music series he created with writer-director Eli Craig, for Peacock. Before that, he put together a pilot titled To hit, a behind-the-scenes comedy from the world of pop music, on Hulu, which he co-wrote with Aline Brosh McKenna.
Derck is replaced by Verve, Wet Dog Entertainment and Hirsch Wallerstein.