Netflix extends See-Saw’s ‘Heartstopper’ with double season order

Netflix has ordered a further two seasons of its adaptation of Alice Oseman’s graphic book series Heartstopper.

The show, from UK-based See-Saw Films, follows a love story between two teenagers – one an openly gay deep thinker and the other a rugby player – at an all-boys grammar school in the UK.

The first season debuted in late April and has trended on social media ever since, while also being been praised for its representation of LGBTQ+. It is based on Oseman’s young adult graphic novels, with the first season tracking the first two books.

Oseman had initially used a Kickstarter campaign to fund the publication of the novels, before agreeing a deal with Hachette Children’s Group, which published the first book in 2019 through its Hodder Children’s Books imprint. State Of The Union prodco See-Saw optioned the books later that year.

Oseman is again attached to write for the next two seasons, with Kit Connor and Joe Locke reprising their lead roles.

“I hope that it just makes people smile and brightens their day, but I also hope that it inspires, particularly, young queer people to believe that they can find happiness and find romance and find friendship,” Oseman said.

Executive producer Patrick Walters added: “I’m forever grateful to Alice Oseman for entrusting us with this beautiful, unique story that at its core seeks to uplift the next generation of young LGBTQ+ people.”

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