Torrey Peters’ groundbreaking debut novel, Detransition, Baby, is slated for a TV adaptation.
Anonymous Content is developing the dramedy series, with Peters herself set to executive produce and write the pilot episode. Grey’s Anatomy writing and producing duo Joan Rater and Tony Phelan will also executive produce and serve as showrunners.
Detransition, Baby follows Reese, a trans woman living in New York, whose ex asks if she’ll consider co-parenting with him and his new flame. Reese’s ex, known as Amy when they were together, detransitioned after being attacked. Now living as Ames, he’s found himself unexpectedly expecting with his boss, Katrina.
The book offers a new perspective on detransition, which is often weaponised by transphobes. Speaking to Dazed in February, Peters said: “For me, there’s always been a question of being trans and doing trans. Whether or not you’re living as a trans woman, that doesn’t necessarily mean you aren’t.”
She continued: “The times that I personally considered detransition haven’t been where I was like, ‘Did I miscategorise these feelings?’ It was that my life is a lot harder now, and I lost a lot, and maybe I could get those things back if I detransitioned, and I think that’s the question for Ames.”
Detransition, Baby was released in January by One World, an imprint of Penguin Random House, and is among the first novels written by a trans woman to be published by a big-five publishing house (Penguin Random House, Macmillan, Hachette, HarperCollins, and Simon & Schuster).
There’s no news yet on when filming for the adaptation will begin. In the meantime, look back at Peters’ full interview with Dazed here.
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