Milk director Dustin Lance Black is teaming up with Gus Van Sant to produce and direct the ABC gay-rights miniseries We Will Rise.
The series, which has been developing for two-and-a-half years, will be eight-hour episodes chronicling the “personal and political struggles, set-backs and trumps 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 the once unfathomable successes of today,” according to Variety.
We Will Rise will start with the 1969 Stonewall Riots. Laurence Mark and Bruce Cohen will also be executive producers.
The show will join ABC’s Black-ish and Fresh Off the Boat which have received praise for inclusion and diversity. In March, The Real O’Neals, a semi-autobiographical comedy about gay-rights activist Dan Savage’s life will also premiere on ABC.
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