Elliot Page Is Producing a VR Experience About Brooklyn’s Queer History

Elliot Page will be helping bring the centuries-old history of queer Brooklyn to life as an executive producer on a virtual reality-based adaptation of When Brooklyn Was Queer, the award-winning book by historian Hugh Ryan.

Variety broke the news of the project on Wednesday morning. In addition to Page as executive producer, the series will be directed by Emmy-award-winner Yasmin Elayat and written by playwright Agnes Borinsky.

According to a press release, the series “will transport viewers into Brooklyn’s past, allowing them to witness the struggles, triumphs and unique experiences of the queer community during a pivotal time in history.” The production company, New Canvas, specializes in creating immersive narrative VR experiences that can be watched via VR platforms like Oculus and Meta Quest, so the adaptation of When Brooklyn Was Queer will likely follow a similar format. New Canvas has previously adapted the comic book Lustration and produced a first-person cinematic VR thriller called Awake.

According to Ryan’s website, When Brooklyn Was Queer explores the LGBTQ+ history of the titular borough, “from the early days of Walt Whitman in the 1850s up through the women who worked at the Brooklyn Navy Yard during World War II, and beyond.” While the queer history of Manhattan is well-documented, there has been a “systemic erasure” of Brooklyn’s contributions to the queer history of New York City, per the website.

The release date for the adaptation of When Brooklyn Was Queer is yet to be announced, but production begins later this year, per Variety.

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