A short film about the fall of an insufferable gay Instagram “influencer,” after being dumped by his sugar daddy, is being developed into a TV series.
After beating several offers, production, financing and distribution company Dynamic Television announced that it has acquired the adaptation rights to ‘Trophy Boy,’ the critically acclaimed short film from Emrhys Cooper (“Vanity,” “Mamma Mia”).
The series, to be titled ‘Trophy Boys,’ which promises to be just as juicy as the short film, will follow the lives of a group of interconnected social media stars as they struggle to maintain their carefully crafted #bestlife personas.
‘Trophy Boy’ was universally praised and screened at several prestigious film festivals, including the Cannes Film Festival, Dances with Films, California Independent Film Festival, Catskills International Film Festival, Vancouver International Film Festival and Chelsea Film Festival.
The film will also screen this month at two further festivals, Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival (Feb. 1-20) and the Santa Fe Film Festival (Feb. 17, 8:00 p.m.).
“It touches a nerve in all of us while doing so with humour and heart”
“We were immediately drawn by the unique way Emrhys explores social media and the repercussions of using it to determine your own self-worth. It touches a nerve in all of us while doing so with humour and heart. We are thrilled to bring it to television,” said Hines, Senior Vice President of Original Content for Dynamic.
On working with Dynamic, Cooper said: “I’m truly delighted to partner with Dynamic Television to make the world of ‘Trophy Boys’ come to life. In the age of social media, it’s easy to get lost in the false world of online avatars we create for ourselves.
“With this series, we hope to pull back the curtain and show the day-to-day struggles of these “influencers.” Sometimes we all need a reminder that all that glitters isn’t gold.”
Emrhys Cooper can be seen playing Montgomery Clift in the biopic, ‘Frank and Ava,’ now in wide release, in the forthcoming ‘Nosferatu,’ and is currently shooting a new indie horror film ‘Dreamcatcher’ in Los Angeles.
Cooper and fellow ‘Trophy Boy’ actor Donal Brophy will executive produce along with Dynamic Television’s Holly Hines. Dynamic Television will also serve as the studio and international distributor. Danika Underhill will produce.
Dynamic series include Icelandic crime drama ‘Trapped’, ‘Van Helsing’, ‘Wynona Earp’ and ‘Z Nation’ for SYFY and five-time Emmy nominated series ‘East Los High’ (Hulu) and “Madiba” (BET).