Well, that’s one way to overcome Sunday fears! HBO Max has officially launched an hour-long drama series based on Instagram account TwoMe’s popular upcoming novel, “Anon Pls.”
The pseudonymous account DeuxMoi for all things celebrity gossip has amassed over 1.5 million subscribers since its inception in 2020. The fictional memoir “Anon Pls” is written by DeuxMoi with the New York Times Jessica Goodman and will be published Nov. 8 by William Morrow, a division of HarperCollins. (An adaptation of Goodman’s debut novel “They Wish They Were Us” is also in development for a series called “The Player’s Table,” starring Halsey and Sydney Sweeney.)
HBO Max and Warner Bros. Television have secured the rights to “Anon Pls” so WBTV-based Berlanti Productions can develop the novel into a drama series, as reported by Deadline. Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter will serve as executive producers for Berlanti Productions as part of the company’s overall deal with Warner Bros. Television Group and DeuxMoi.
“Anon Pls” centers on celebrity styling assistant Cricket Lopez, who revamps her Instagram account on a drunken whim to shine a light on Hollywood’s underbelly. According to the official synopsis, the novel forces Cricket to face the facts: she’s now famous, though no one knows she’s behind the account. From directing salacious gossip to fact-checking his own personal steamy romance and mad dash to stardom, “Anon Pls” traces TwoMe’s rise from TwoMe themselves.
Although DeuxMoi remains anonymous, the account recently made its television debut on Showtime’s “Ziwe” talk show.
HBO Max and Berlanti Productions also have an upcoming “Girls on the Bus” novel adaptation in the works, as well as several DC-themed projects for the streamer, including a Green Lantern series.
DeuxMoi has already weighed in on HBO Max’s “Gossip Girl” reboot, which verified the name of the Instagram account multiple times during its first season. “The first time someone sent in a sighting, I wrote the word ‘spotted’ in direct reference to ‘Gossip Girl,'” DeuxMoi told Cosmopolitan. “But the concept of the account wasn’t taken from the show because it just started with people sharing anecdotes and stories they’ve had over the years with celebrities. It wasn’t things that were happening right now because everything was closed during the pandemic.”
As for the account being the perfect behind-the-scenes juiciness of a series, TwoMe added, “Listen, at the end of the day, we are dealing with gossip. You are already following the lines of morality with the subject. Even though I run a gossip account, I try to maintain certain values… Some people have such a negative emotional reaction to gossip that they forget to take it for what it is: entertainment.