RuPaul’s Rise Will Be Central to a Bad Robot-Produced Period Dramedy Series Set Up at Warner Bros. TV

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RuPaul and the production company World of Wonder (producers of his award-winning hit reality TV series “RuPaul’s Drag Race) have teamed up with J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot shingle and Warner Bros TV, to develop a scripted dramedy series based on RuPaul’s life.

Gary Lennon (“Power”) is attached to script the project, which will chronicle RuPaul’s rise from “club kid to drag queen, gay icon, and global star,” beginning in 1980s.

RuPaul will executive produce alongside Abrams and Ben Stephenson, as well as World of Wonder’s Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, and Tom Campbell.

Born RuPaul Andre Charles in San Diego, but known professionally by his mononym RuPaul, since 2009, he has hosted and produced the drag queen reality show “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” for which he won an Emmy in 2016. RuPaul achieved international fame as a drag queen with the hit song “Supermodel (You Better Work)” from his album “Supermodel of the World” (1993). In 1996, he became a spokesperson for MAC Cosmetics, becoming the first drag queen supermodel. The same year, he landed his own talk show “The RuPaul Show” which ran for two years on VH1 before co-hosting the morning radio show on WKTU with Michelle Visage. He has since released as many as 10 albums, and made appearances in films including Spike Lee’s “Crooklyn” (1994), and “To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar” (1995).

His hit reality television series “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” which follows RuPaul in his search for the next drag superstar, has produced eight seasons and inspired the spin-off shows “RuPaul’s Drag U” & “RuPaul’s All Stars Drag Race” on LGBTQ network Logo TV.

Deadline was first to report the news of a potential series on RuPaul’s life.

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  1. I read RuPaul’s first (?) book, “Letting It All Hang Out,” and if it follows the trajectory of that book, I think this could work as a sort of jaded comedy. Sort of like how the mothers in Paris is Burning were fabulous but exasperated while telling their story. That is, depending whether or not RuPaul is going to narrate, a la “Everybody Hates Chris” or he is just consulting on what happened, what can be embellished, and what needs to be downplayed.

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