Netflix has ordered eight episodes of Special, a show whose main character is a gay man with cerebral palsy.
The comedy series is based on Ryan O’Connell’s memoir, I’m Special: And Other Lies We Tell Ourselves, reports Deadline.
It will follow O’Connell’s life growing up and living as a gay man living with cerebral palsy. In it, he pretends to be the victim of an accident in order to grab what he believes is the life he wants.
O’Connell will star as the show’s protagonist.
Other details of the show are thin on the ground at the moment, but Jessica Hect, Punam Patel, Marla Mindelle, Augustus Prew and Patrick Fabian will also star.
It will appear on Netflix on 12 April.
The show will be written and executive produced by O’Connell with Jim Parson’s That’s Wonderful Productions (Big Bang Theory) and Warner Bros’ Digital Networks’ Stage 13 producing.
His book, published in 2015 by Simon & Schuster, won critical acclaim thanks to its razor sharp wit. It takes down modern society and millennial culture, touching on everything from unpaid internships to unemployment, to popping pills.
What is cerebral palsy?
Cerebral palsy is the name given to a group of lifelong conditions affecting movement and co-ordination. It’s often due to a problem with the brain, occurring before, during or after birth.
The severity of symptoms vary on case-to-case. While some are severely impaired, others manifest in minor ways.