More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera will go from bestselling YA novel to one hour series at HBO Max.
Fans of bestselling YA author Adam Silvera will certainly have a lot to look forward to in the coming years.
The author’s 2017 book, They Both Die At The End, is currently in development over at premium cable channel HBO, while his 2018 novel What If It’s Us — co-authored by fellow bestselling YA author Becky Albertalli — is currently in development with Anonymous.
And now, HBO Max recently announced that it will be developed his bestselling 2015 novel, More Happy Than Not, into a one-hour TV series. The show will be developed by Drew Comins’ Creative Engine Entertainment and eOne where the company is under an overall deal. Comins and Silvera will likewise serve as executive producers on for the TV series, which is currently looking for a writer and filmmaker to do the adaptation.
More Happy Than Not takes place during a sweltering, dangerous summer in the Bronx. It centers on sixteen-year-old Aaron Soto, who is struggling to find happiness since his father’s suicide — but he’s gunning for it. With the help of his girlfriend Genevieve and his overworked mom, he’s slowly remembering what it might feel like. But grief, and the scar on his wrist, keep him from forgetting the past completely.
When Genevieve leaves for a couple weeks, Aaron spends all his time hanging out with this new guy, Thomas. Aaron’s crew notices, and they’re not exactly thrilled. Since Aaron can’t stay away from Thomas or turn off his feelings for him, he turns to the Leteo institute’s revolutionary memory-alteration procedure to straighten himself out, even if it means forgetting who he truly is.
More Happy Than Not is just one of the shows that make up production company Creative Engine’s growing slate of premium YA series projects, which includes survival drama pilot Yellowjackets at Showtime, and Anna K, which has a pilot commitment at HBO Max.