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Dustin Lance Black and Leonardo DiCaprio Are Bringing a Charles Lindbergh Biopic to TV

Thompson on Hollywood By Nick Newman | Thompson on Hollywood July 17, 2014 at 3:28PM

Going down the biopic route once more, scribe Dustin Lance Black (“J. Edgar,” “Milk”) has signed a deal to pen a limited series following the life of Charles Lindbergh.
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Dustin Lance Black
Dustin Lance Black

Going down the biopic route once more, scribe Dustin Lance Black ("J. Edgar," "Milk") has signed a deal to pen a limited series following the life of intrepid aviator and explorer Charles Lindbergh.

Based on A. Scott Berg’s Pulitzer-awarded biography "Lindbergh," the series will, in the words of executive producers Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Killoran, “explore Lindbergh's true past.” (This is a way of saying that, surprise, the endeavor will put equal light on his public heroism as well as his anti-Semitism.) Berg and Kevin McCormick will co-produce. 

According to Black, Lindbergh is “far from perfect,” yet nevertheless strived to “rectify the unseen ramifications of what the world still considers his greatest successes.” It's early days on this one, as word on casting, directorial involvement, network, start dates, and so on is forthcoming.

Black will pen the series, originally a Paramount film project, for Paramount TV (relaunched last year under prez Amy Powell). Though relatively quiet in recent years, Black can be seen in the HBO gay marriage doc "The Case Against 8" as a vocal proponent of the issue. This is yet another sign that television is the final destination for many projects once deemed movie material. Producer McCormick was for years a senior production executive at the Warner Bros. studio. Steven Spielberg was interested in a film on Lindbergh at one point--and admired Berg's biography-- but finally backed off due to his anti-Semitism, which was also a reason that he did not adapt Philip Roth''s "The Plot Against America," which imagined what would happen if Lindbergh beat FDR in the 1940 race for president. 

See Black's tutorial on how to write a screenplay for the Academy Originals video series below. 


This article is related to: Dustin Lance Black, Leonardo DiCaprio, Television


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.