ABC on Tuesday greenlighted an eight-hour miniseries about the gay rights movement titled When We Rise.

The project reunites the team behind the 2008 film Milk: Director Gus Van Sant, writer Dustin Lance Black and producer Bruce Cohen. Milk's subject was Harvey Milk, an LGBT rights activist and politician who was gunned down inside San Francisco City Hall.

According to Deadline Hollywood, the project has been in development at ABC for more than two years.

Van Sant, who will direct the first two-hour episode, will co-produce the series with Black, Cohen and Laurence Mark.

When We Rise chronicles the personal and political struggles, setbacks and triumphs of a diverse family of LGBT men and women who helped pioneer one of the last legs of the U.S. civil rights movement from its turbulent infancy in the 20th century to its successes today,” Deadline wrote of the upcoming miniseries.