A few days ago RuPaul mentioned in an interview that there was a TV show about his early life in the works, adding that JJ Abrams was behind it and Willow Smith could play him. At the time it was difficult to know if he was being serious or not, but it turns out he was.
THR reports that the show has now found a home at Hulu, although there’s no mention of whether Smith really will be involved. As well as Abrams, World of Wonder’s Fenton Bailey, Tom Campbell and Randy Barbato will also be involved – they have a long track record of LGBT entertainment, including Party Monster, Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures and, of course, RuPaul’s Drag Race.
The series will be a fictionalised take of RuPaul’s rise, starting when he was a club kid and following how he became the world’s most famous drad performer and a gay icon. RuPaul was ‘born in San Diego in 1960 and studied performing arts in Atlanta before moving to New York, where he became a staple on the nightclub scene. He rocketed to fame after the release of his first single, “Supermodel (You Better Work).” That led to a VH1 talk show, The RuPaul Show. He has been the host of RuPaul’s Drag Race and multiple spinoffs since 2009.’