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RuPaul, J.J. Abrams Developing Series About Drag Icon’s Life

Dramedy will be fictionalized tale of ‘Drag Race’ host’s time as a club kid in New York City

TOKYO, JAPAN - AUGUST 13: Director J.J. Abrams attends the "Star Trek: Into Darkness" Live Streaming in Tokyo at the Nicofarre on August 13, 2013 in Tokyo, Japan; NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 07: TV Personality RuPaul attends AOL Build Speakers Series - RuPaul, "RuPaul's Drag Race"at AOL Studios In New York on March 7, 2016 in New York City.

RuPaul is developing a dramedy with J.J. Abrams' production company based off his life as a New York City club kid during the Eighties.

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RuPaul‘s rise in the Eighties from club kid to drag superstar will serve as inspiration for a new, as-yet-untitled half-hour dramedy series. The Drag Race creator and host will executive produce alongside J.J. Abrams and his Bad Robot partner Ben Stephenson.

The fictionalized take on RuPaul’s youth and career will take place in New York City during the Eighties. Power executive producer Gary Lennon will write the series. According to Deadline, the series will soon be taken to the marketplace to be bought by a network.

RuPaul, a San Diego native, moved to NYC after attending school in Atlanta. While a fixture in both Atlanta and New York’s nightclub and queer scenes, he became a more widespread success in 1993 with the release of his single “Supermodel (You Better Work).” His star spread to the UK when he began appearing on the series Manhattan Cable, produced by World of Wonder, a company that also produces Drag Race.

RuPaul launched a successful television career through various TV appearances. He also hosted a VH1 talk show — The RuPaul Show — with Michelle Visage in 1996 where he interviewed everyone from Diana Ross to Nirvana. His greatest venture has been the Logo reality competition RuPaul’s Drag Race, which is moving to VH1 for its ninth season. Last year, he won an Emmy award for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program. The new season premieres on Friday. 

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