Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black is reportedly
working on an 8-hour scripted miniseries about the gay rights
movement for ABC.
Black, who won an Oscar for writing the screenplay to Milk,
the 2008 film starring Sean Penn as slain gay rights activist and
politician Harvey Milk, will pen the unnamed series and serve as
co-executive producer with Laurence Mark (Julie & Julia),
according to The
Credits for Black include HBO's Big Love and the films
Pedro (about The Real World's Pedro Zamora) and J.
Edgar. He also wrote 8, a play that re-enacts the federal
trial challenging the constitutionality of Proposition 8,
California's now-ended constitutional amendment that limited marriage
to heterosexual couples. Star-studded readings of the play raised
millions for the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER), which
argued the case before the Supreme Court. Black is a founding board
member of AFER.