Dustin Lance Black, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of 2008’s “Milk”, is teaming up with ABC for an eight-part series on the gay rights movement.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the semi-autobiographical series will chronicle “Black’s background and experiences as a gay rights activist.” Black, who grew up in a strict Mormon household, has spent his career advocating for marriage equality and civil rights.
In addition to “Milk,” Black has served as a screenwriter on HBO’s Big Love and both wrote and directed the feature film “Virginia”. Last year, he wrote the script for “8”, a play which documented the federal trial that led to the overturning of California’s Proposition 8.
ABC has recently ordered numerous limited-run series to fill the holiday gap in the network’s drama programs. This scripted miniseries, to be produced by Black and Laurence Mark, joins the HIV documentary How to Survive a Plague, the drama series The Black Box, and others.
There has been no word yet on when the miniseries will debut.