July 17, 2014 10:17am PT by Lesley Goldberg
Dustin Lance Black, Leonardo DiCaprio Team for 'Lindbergh' Limited Series at Paramount
Oscar winner Dustin Lance Black is joining the TV miniseries craze.
The Milk writer has signed on to adapt A. Scott Berg's Pulitzer Prize-winning biography Lindbergh for Paramount Television, the company announced Thursday.
The limited series will chronicle the tumultuous life of Charles Lindbergh, from his rise to his struggles with modern celebrity. Berg, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Killoran and Kevin McCormick are on board to executive produce.
"Lance is as talented and prolific as anyone working in television and film today, and we take enormous pride in working with him to adapt Scott's brilliant portrait of one of the nation's most fascinating cultural figures,” Paramount TV president Amy Powell said. "It's also incredibly gratifying to partner with Scott, Leo, Jen and Kevin on making Lindbergh an extraordinary television event that captures the scope and significance of this Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece."
Added Black: "In Lindbergh's story, we have the very first case of a worldwide media sensation. He was an American daredevil, innovator, record-breaker and icon, but he was far from perfect. I'm eager to dig in to the story of a man who stumbled in his fame but showed a willingness to learn and attempted to rectify the unseen ramifications of what the world still considers his greatest successes … a man who urged the world to 'listen until the end.'"
In addition to winning an Oscar for Milk, Black's credits include HBO's Big Love, and the features Pedro (about The Real World's Pedro Zamora), J. Edgar and 8, the 2011 play re-enacting the closing arguments in the federal trial that led to the overturning of California's Proposition 8. The play was sponsored by the American Federation of Equal Rights — where Black is a founding board member.
This marks Black's latest foray into limited series. He's also prepping an eight-hour miniseries about the gay rights movement for ABC.
Paramount TV has several projects in the works, including an adaptation of The Alienist, Caleb Carr's novel; NARC, a crime drama pilot from Joe Carnahan; the Terminator co-production with Skydance; and a reimagined version of The Truman Show. The company also is adapting for TV the Oscar-winning film Ghost and has a multiproject deal with Craig Brewer.