The Rise of RuPaul sounds like a great title for a television series based on the eponymous host of RuPaul's Drag Race, does it not?
According to Deadline Hollywood, the show will chronicle RuPaul's journey from a celebrity drag queen performing in NY to a television personality. "Power" executive producer Gary Lennon will write for the series, which will be set during the Reagan era 1980s in NY.
Also producing the dramedy will be World of Wonder's Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato and Tom Campbell.
RuPaul, a San Diego native, moved to NYC after attending school in Atlanta. Some of his early career highlights include him appearing as a featured dancer in the B-52s video for "Love Shack", meeting a young Madonna, and being crowned the "Queen of Manhattan". Hint: She's wearing a white crop top and throwing serious shapes. RuPaul became the spokesperson for MAC Cosmetics, and became the first drag queen supermodel. "Just as long as you call me". The '80s setting will enable the show to focus on not only RuPaul's life, but the coming of age of the queer movement in contrast to the Reagan-era politics of the time. Backed by Bad Robot in conjunction with Warner Bros. and written by Gary Lennon - who's been involved with Orange is the New Black, Justified and Black Box - in addition, World of Wonder has been a longtime fixture in RuPaul's professional life. His star spread to the United Kingdom when he began appearing on the series Manhattan Cable, produced by World of Wonder, a company that also produces Drag Race.
Alexis Michelle gets fierce in a ride with RuPaul in the Season 9 premiere of RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE, airing March 24th at 8pm on VH1.