Jen Wang's gender-fluid fantasy graphic novel is heading for the big screen.
The Prince and the Dressmaker, a young adult graphic novel written nd illustrated by Wang and published by First Second Books this past February, has been optioned by Universal Pictures and producer Marc Platt after what Deadline reports as a "competitive bidding situation".
Wang's fable follows a prince named Sebastian who is constantly pressured by his royal parents to find a suitable bride. To escape social pressures, his friend and seamstress Frances crafts elaborate ballgowns, and every night Sebastian dons a dress and wig to tour the kingdom as Lady Crystallia, an enigmatic fashion icon in the world of high society. However, the two friends find their clandestine friendship at odds as their priorities begin to shift and Sebastian's secret life runs the risk of being exposed.
A coming of age tale of gender identity, friendship, and romantic love beyond binary conventions, The Prince and the Dressmaker was critically acclaimed upon release and is the latest graphic novel by Wang who also has published her works Koko Be Good and the award-winning In Real Life through First Second Books.
Launched in 2006, First Second Books is an imprint of Roaring Book Press that specializes in the publication of original graphic novels include the acclaimed American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang.