Love, Simon isn’t an easy movie to get right. Having to balance the emotional depth and discomfort that comes with the coming out experience, while also delivering a funny, charming romantic comedy, is a task many directors would shy away from.
But Greg Berlanti, producer of TV projects like Riverdale and The Flash, took the challenge, and delivered a critically-acclaimed romantic comedy for a population that doesn’t normally get one. The film currently boasts a 92 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes and has seen significant success at the box office.
In an interview with Gay Star News, Berlanti said that after seeing the film’s success, he wouldn’t necessarily be opposed to directing a sequel. “God willing that the movie is successful enough that people actually ask for something like that,” he remarked. “I loved working with these people on this film so much. I would just like to spend more time with them, that would be good!”
He also addressed some mild criticism the film has seen from the LGBTQ community — in the film, Simon doesn’t partake in apps like Grindr or go to a gay bar (it’s important to point out that the character of Simon is 16, which is younger than the age requirements for both Grindr and a gay bar).
Berlanti said that there was a scene involving a gay bar from the book that the film is based on, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, that he ended up cutting from the movie. “It just played as it wasn’t his character,” the director said. “The people in it were great, the moments were great — but it just slowed down the narrative. And it felt like we were jumping the gun about what his experience was.”
Read the full interview with Berlanti here.