EXCLUSIVE: After seeing Searchlight Pictures release his acclaimed queer rom-com Fire Island via Hulu, Joel Kim Booster is back in business with the studio as the writer and producer of Again Again Again, a spec that it snapped up for development ahead of last year’s WGA strike.
Eyed as a potential starring vehicle for Booster, the film centers on Gus, who as the man of honor for his closest friend Maggie’s extravagant wedding weekend at a Napa winery, is tasked with making sure the whole event goes off without a hitch. But when Gus’s wildly charismatic but emotionally unstable boyfriend Hal shows up unexpectedly, chaos ensues and threatens to derail the wedding as well as their relationship.
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Aboard to produce the pic alongside Booster are Local Time’s Lulu Wang and Daniele Tate Melia, the duo behind the hugely acclaimed family dramedy The Farewell, written and directed for A24 by Wang. VP of Production Richard Ruiz and Manager of Creative Affairs Daniel Yu are overseeing for Searchlight Pictures, reporting to Heads of Production and Development Katie Goodson-Thomas and DanTram Nguyen.
Booster is best known for writing and starring in Fire Island, which following its June 2022 release, went on to land him two Emmy nominations, along with one at the Independent Spirit Awards. The comedian, writer and actor has also been seen starring opposite Maya Rudolph in the Apple TV+ comedy series Loot, which has been renewed for a second season. His first hour-long comedy special, Joel Kim Booster: Psychosexual, exploring his experiences and observations as a gay Asian American male with commentary on identity, sexuality, cultural expectations, and more, debuted on Netflix in 2022.
Local Time’s next project up for release is Expats, the Nicole Kidman-led miniseries based on Janice Y. K. Lee’s 2016 novel The Expatriates, which debuts on Amazon on January 26. Currently, the company is also working with Picturestart to adapt Mary H.K. Choi’s novel Yolk for TV, and developing a feature adaptation of Alexander Weinstein’s short story “Children of the World,” with Wang aboard as director.
Booster is repped by WME, Omnipop Talent Group, and Felker Toczek Suddleson.
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