Netflix has greenlit ‘Forever’, which marks the first project under showrunner and executive producer Mara Brock Akil’s deal with the streaming service. Based on Judy Blume’s 1975 novel of the same name, “Forever” is described as an epic love story of two Black teens exploring romance and their identities through the awkward journey of being each other’s firsts. 

“Judy Blume’s ability to capture the real emotions we experience during the various rites of passage of our youth influenced my life choices and writing voice,” said Mara Brock Akil in  a statement. “I’m honored to reimagine one of my favorite books, ‘Forever.’  I am thrilled to have the opportunity of a lifetime to partner with a childhood icon and bring this story to my Netflix home, where the idea of your first love being with you Forever is shared with the world through the lens of Black love.” 

Said Renate Radford, Vice President, Overall Deals,  Netflix: “We are excited to partner with Mara Brock Akil and Story27 on our first series, Forever. Mara’s creative and authentic storytelling allows us to present a fresh take on an iconic coming-of-age love story. We look forward to bringing the series to a global audience.”

In addition to Mara Brock Akil, the executive producers on “Forever” are Judy Blume, Susie Fitzgerald, and Erika Harrison.