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SOCIAL MEDIA PHENOM NOAH BECK TO STAR IN AND PRODUCE ROMANTIC FEATURE ‘THE QB BAD BOY AND ME’ ALONGSIDE CREATOR+
SOCIAL MEDIA PHENOM NOAH BECK TO STAR IN AND PRODUCE ROMANTIC FEATURE ‘THE QB BAD BOY AND ME’ ALONGSIDE CREATOR+, AND WATTPAD WEBTOON STUDIOS
- ADAPTED FROM THE 30 MILLION-READ WATTPAD SENSATION BY TAY MARLEY
- A TRUE STORY OF LOVE, FINDING ONE’S SELF, AND BREAKING STEREOTYPES
The internet’s favorite boy next door and athlete, Noah Beck, is set to headline the romantic comedy, The QB Bad Boy and Me, marking his feature acting debut. Creator+, a new content studio and distribution platform for digital-first storytellers and creators, will produce alongside Wattpad WEBTOON Studios, the fan-driven global entertainment and publishing arm for WEBTOON and Wattpad. The QB Bad Boy and Me is based on Tay Marley’s Wattpad sensation of the same name, which currently has over 30 million reads on the platform and the published novel has been one of the top-selling titles from Wattpad Books. Writer Mary Gulino (Disney+'s Haley's On It, Amazon’s Upload) will adapt for the screen. Impassioned by the art of dance and driven by its means to help her escape a sleepy small town, high school cheerleader Dallas Bryan is intent on receiving a coveted dance scholarship at CalArts, and nothing - or no one - is going to stand in her way. That is… until the star high school quarterback, Drayton Lahey (Beck) crashes into her life. Beck has quickly established himself as one of today’s most sought-after multi-hyphenate creatives. The social media sensation, with over 45 million combined followers, has continually distinguished himself as an actor, model, athlete and entrepreneur, solidifying his mark on the industry. Beck currently serves as Executive Producer and can be seen in the second season of his own series with Paramount and Awesomeness, Noah Beck Tries Things, and most recently made his scripted acting debut in the hit Nickelodeon series, Side Hustle. He additionally has expanded his presence into other arenas and launched his first podcast, Put a Sock In It, which he hosts alongside content creator and recording artist, Larri “Larray” Merritt. “I am thrilled to be partnering with this incredible team and am honored to bring Tay’s beloved story and characters to life,” said Beck. “I can’t wait to get to work and to dive in on all creative aspects of the film.” Aron Levitz and Lindsey Weems Ramey from Wattpad WEBTOON Studios are set to produce alongside Adam Wescott, Nick Phillips, and McKenna Marshall from Creator+, with production scheduled to begin this summer. Beck will also produce with his manager Maxwell Mitcheson serving as executive producer.
“Noah’s rabid audience combined with QB’s proven readership create the perfect storm for a film adaptation,'' said Adam Wescott, head of studio for Creator+. “We’re excited for this playful and sweet YA comedy to come to life.” “The QB Bad Boy and Me is an incredible opportunity to combine Noah’s amazing fandom with the massive global fan community that has been electrified by Tay Marley’s story,” said Aron Levitz, President of Wattpad WEBTOON Studios. “Readers have fallen in love with The QB Bad Boy and Me on Wattpad and in bookstores, so we’re thrilled to work with Noah and Creator+ to bring this story to life on screens everywhere.” Creator+’s inaugural feature, the psychological thriller, Jane (early 2022), stars Madelaine Petsch (Riverdale), who’s also producing; 5x Grammy-nominated singer songwriter, pop-infused R&B sensation Chlöe Bailey (part of the sister duo Chloe X Halle); Melissa Leo, who won an Oscar for the Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role for The Fighter, Ian Owens; and model Chloe Yu.
Additional productions include comedy Diamond in the Rough (Summer 2022), starring actress Samantha Boscarino (Disney’s Good Luck Charlie), and TikTok megastar, entrepreneur and former Sway House member Griffin Johnson (Ridiculousness), who stars and also produced. The QB Bad Boy and Me follows a string of hit romance adaptations from Wattpad WEBTOON Studios, which has established itself as one of the most in-demand sources for romance and New Adult hits. Among the 100+ projects in development or production around the world, Wattpad WEBTOON Studios executive produces the Netflix Original Film sensation A través de mi ventana (Through My Window), from Wattpad author Ariana Godoy. The film reached #1 in 22 regions on Netflix and a Top 10 in 85 regions, generating more than 33 million viewing hours in its first weekend on Netflix. Two sequels in the franchise are currently in development. Beck is repped by TalentX, CAA, Shelter PR, and Goodman, Genow, Schenkman, Smelkinson & Christopher. About Creator+
Creator+ is a studio and distribution platform that produces feature-length films in partnership with digital creators and monetizes through their existing audience and beyond across mobile, web and connected-TV. The content studio develops and pairs Creators with the right script/story, provides financing and builds a bespoke team and resources for each film. In addition to streaming feature films through a paygate, the Creator+ platform provides a new user experience for engaging with content, commerce, Creators and community in one place. About Wattpad WEBTOON Studios
Wattpad WEBTOON Studios brings together technology, a diverse new generation of creators, and passionate global fandoms to create data-backed, audience-driven TV shows, films, and books. Leveraging incredible stories and insights from WEBTOON and Wattpad’s combined audience of more than 176 million people, Wattpad WEBTOON Studios has pioneered a bold, global, fan-first approach to entertainment. Wattpad WEBTOON Studios has worked with Netflix, Sony Pictures Television, Crunchyroll, The Jim Henson Company, Vertigo Entertainment, Constantin Film, Penguin Random House, and many other leaders in entertainment and publishing.