Mara Brock Akil has signed on to adapt Judy Blume’s Forever as a series for Netflix.
Forever, published in 1975, was a bestselling novel that explored the highs and lows of first love between two teenagers. Forever was groundbreaking at the time for its frank depiction of teen sexuality. The series adaptation is being reimagined for a new generation with Akil serving as showrunner.
“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,” Akil said 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.”
Akil is one of the most successful women showrunners in Hollywood. Her first series Girlfriends, in 2000, starred Tracee Ellis Ross, Golden Brooks, Jill Marie Jones and Persia White ran for eight seasons, first on UPN and the final two seasons on the CW. The Game, a spin-off of Girlfriends, is one of the longest-running Black comedy series, premiered on the CW in 2006 and was cancelled after three seasons in 2009, then moved to BET airing for six seasons from 2011-2015, and was recently revived on Paramount+ in 2021. Akil also created and executive-produced the superhero series, Black Lightning, which ran for four seasons from 2018-2021.