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Schitt’s Creek’s Dan Levy says his Netflix rom-com is ‘a love story about friendship’

The Schitt’s Creek creator says the project is “still in its early days”.

By Emily Maskell

Words: Emily Maskell; pictures: CBC

The beloved Schitt’s Creek writer and star Dan Levy has shared new details about his untitled Netflix romantic comedy.

In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Levy, 38, states that he has completed a script under his multiple-year TV and film deal with the streaming platform.

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“It was really rewarding and, in the end, so exhilarating,” the Canadian-born actor says of his script. “I love what I wrote, which is a very rare thing.”

While the Happiest Season star was brief with the project’s details, he revealed that the script was a product of him being interested in exploring the rom-com genre in a way that reaches beyond the traditional scope of a couple. 

“I love genre and I’m a film student. I love the idea of seeing what I could do with a genre and in this case, I thought, ‘What would my idea of a rom-com be?’” he notes.

“What would a love story look like if it was really about a group of friends in their mid-30s? The clarity that comes with age and the time you’ve spent with these people.”

“[The script] ended up having more to do with friendships in your 30s than actual romantic relationships,” Levy continues.

He goes on to clarify that although there is romance in the movie, the film is “a love story about friendship” at its heart.

The script marks the first time Levy has written a film himself, after having conceptualised and penned 6 seasons of Schitt’s Creek in which he starred as David and relieved widespread praise for the uplifting portrayal of a pansexual character.

At the 2020 Primetime Emmy Awards, Schitt’s Creek became the first-ever comedy or drama series to sweep the four acting categories (Outstanding Lead Actor, Outstanding Lead Actress, Outstanding Supporting Actor, Outstanding Supporting Actress).

From Heartstopper to Young Royals, The Prom to Feel Good, Netflix has been host to a number of LGBTQ+ projects and we’re anticipating Levy’s new film to be a fantastic addition to the streamer’s lineup.

Celebrating Pride month, Levy posted on Instagram an image of his and Noah Reid’s Schitt’s Creek characters, David and Patrick, laying in bed together.

Levy’s caption reads: “It was the little things that meant the most. Happy Pride.”

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