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ABC working on miniseries with Dustin Lance Black about gay rights movement

On Thursday, August 1st, 2013

The Cinema Society & Shiseido With Grey Goose Host A Screening Of "Virginia" - ArrivalsOscar winner Dustin Lance Black is working with ABC on a miniseries about his background as a gay rights activist. As first reported by the Hollywood Reporter on July 31, the screenwriter of the Harvey Milk biopic “Milk”, will also write the series for ABC.

The semi-autobiographical miniseries is still untitled, but the eight-hour scripted miniseries will follow the experiences of Black through his journeys and continuous fight for marriage equality and gay rights. The 39-year old grew up in a strict Mormon household, which makes his dedication and efforts towards gay rights even more inspiring.

Black’s other notable credits include the feature about “The Real World’s” Pedro Zamora titled “Pedro” and “8”, the 2011 play about the federal trail that led to the overturning of California’s Proposition 8.

This is perfect timing for the miniseries as gay rights and marriage equality has been in the forefront both socially and politically. It will also fill a programming gap the network has between split-run dramas.

The miniseries with Black joins ABC’s other project about human rights that is in the works. David France’s Oscar-nominated documentary “How to Survive a Plague”, is a miniseries adaptation also set to premiere on ABC, the series will follow a grip of young people living with the HIV virus.

There is no word on when the series is set to premiere on ABC, but it will be Black’s return to the small screen. Black started his writing career on the HBO series “Big Love” before really breaking out with films like “Milk” and “J. Edgar”.

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