Matthew Lopez, who made history Sunday as the first Latin playwright to win a Tony Award for Best Play, will make his directorial debut in the LGBTQ+ romantic comedy “Red, White & Royal Blue.” The Amazon Studios The production is an adaptation of the 2019 bestseller by Casey McQuiston of the same name. The film revolves around a star-crossed couple – the Latin character of Alex Claremont Diaz, son of the President of the United States, and his relationship with Prince Henry, the grandson of the Queen of England.
Lopez rewrote a script for Ted Mallor (“Halston”) as well as tapping it to direct the film. Here’s the official tagline: “What happens when a prince of America falls in love with a real prince? The film follows Alex Claremont Diaz, who, immediately after his mother’s election as president, was chosen as the American equivalent of a young king. There’s only one problem: Alex has a long-running feud with his royal counterpart across the pond. And when the tabloids get a photo that includes an altercation between Alex and Henry, US-British relations take a turn for the worse. The heads of family, state, and other dealers devise a damage control plan: arranging a truce. Between the two rivals.What initially started as a fake, Instagram-able friendship grows into something more important than Alex or Henry could ever have imagined.Alex soon finds himself thrust into a secret romance with surprisingly uncouth Henry who could complicate his mother’s re-election campaign, and upend Two States and begs the question: Can love save the world after all?”
Winner Tony has a Busy Dance Card. He has written a remake of “The Bodyguard” for Warner Brothers, collaborated with songwriting duo Mark Shayman, Scott Whitman and Amber Ruffin on the musical adaptation of “Some Like it Hot,” and writes a feature film adaptation of the novel “Leading Men,” which focuses on relationship Between Tennessee Williams and his longtime partner Frank Merlo.
‘Red, White, and Royal Blue’ producers include Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter of Berlanti/Schechter Films, and Sarah Schechter, with executive production by Michael McGrath. Lopez will also carry out production.
“inheritance, “A two-part epic about the AIDS crisis, set to premiere in Los Angeles at the Geffen Playhouse in 2022. In New York, Lopez’s work has been seen off-Broadway with “The Whipping Man” (Manhattan Theater Club), “The Legend of Georgia McBride” (MCC Theatre). He previously signed a comprehensive television development deal with Amazon Studios in October of last year.
McQuiston is the New York Times bestselling author of romantic comedies for adults and teens, including “One Last Stop” and the upcoming “I Kissed Shara Wheeler.”
Berlanti/Schechter Films recently wrapped production on Amazon “My Policeeman” directed by Michael Grandage, starring Harry Styles and Emma Corrin, and “Moonshot” by Chris Winterbauer starring Lana Condor, Cole Sprouse and Zach Braff.
Lopez represents CAA, Grandview, Gang, Tire, Ramer, Brown & Passman. McQuiston is represented by Sarah Megibow of KT Literary and UTA.