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Tuesday, 28 November 2017 17:40

Marja Lewis Ryan to be the new voice of The L Word reboot

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Marja Lewis Ryan


Screenwriter and playwright Marja Lewis Ryan will oversee the reboot of The L Word. Marja will be the showrunner and executive producer. The series' creator, Ilene Chaiken, and three actresses of the original cast, Jennifer Beals (Bette), Katherine Moennig (Shane) and Leisha Hailey (Alice) will also produce the reboot.

A new voice will be responsible for The L Word revival. This is the first time that Marja will work for television. But she has worked on several feature films like "6 Balloons". Her play "One in the Chamber" won the L.A. Drama Critics Circle award for best writing and best production. Her LGBT drama "The Four-Faced Liar" also won the Outfest audience award for best first feature. I love this movie! It's actually one of my favorite queer movies. No kidding. I added the trailer below so you can see Marja's work. She actually wrote the film, directed it and she's also playing one of the main character. Just go and watch the movie if you've ever seen it.

Marja also wrote the screenplay for the revival of "Splash" and "Buried Bodies". So she knows what she's doing.

"Ilene and the original L Word made me believe that my voice mattered," Ryan said. "I am beyond excited for the opportunity to usher in the next generation of diverse queer people. I couldn’t imagine a better time to make this show."

A new showrunner to direct the reboot means a new crew. So it won't be quite The L Word that we know. But it's not because it won't be the same that it will be bad! We can have a great series that we will love to follow.

And I found some information on the new L Word:

  1. Ilene Chaiken announced that we have to forget the sixth season of the original series. Yes! A wish also shared by Katherine Moennig (Shane).
  2. Ilene expressed her wish for a better representation of transgender people. She has learned a lot in recent years. She said she regrets the way they addressed Max's character and his transition.
  3. She hopes for a better diversity too. At the time of The L Word, there had been a lot of criticism. But let's remember that Ilene had worked hard to bring this series on TV. One example is her battle with Showtime on two actresses: Katherine Moennig (Shane) and Erin Daniels (Dana). Showtime considered them too masculine to play in The L Word. Ilene had to make unimaginable dealings to keep them. This time, Showtime describes the new characters as self-possessed LGBTQIA people experiencing love, heartbreak, sex, setbacks and success on the east side of L.A. What a change!
  4. Actresses Jennifer Beals (Bette), Katherine Moennig (Shane) and Leisha Hailey (Alice) will be part of the cast. The other characters will be new.

The question now is when? So they found the main person. They have to gather a team of authors. The story, the characters, the episodes will begin to be written shortly. End of 2017. The writing will continue. Then there will be the casting and the shooting of the series. Late 2018 - Early 2019. Post-production, teasers and the release of the first episode. So not before late 2019 - early 2020. Oh... Well... let's be patient… lol


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