9:36am PT by Kate Stanhope
Flint Water Crisis Movie From Craig Zadan and Neil Meron Fast-Tracked at Lifetime
One of the greatest American scandals in recent months is getting the TV-movie treatment at Lifetime.
A film about the Flint water crisis is in the works from producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (The Wiz, The Sound of Music), The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
With Flint, the prolific duo hopes to shed light on the "toxic crime" committed against the residents of the Michigan town and how the residents were impacted by the poisoning.
Zadan and Meron have optioned the rights to Time's February cover story on the matter, Josh Sanburn's "The Toxic Tap," at Sony Pictures Television, where the two have a longtime overall deal for longform projects. Sanburn will serve as a consultant on the film and indie film writer-director Barbara Stepansky is attached to write the teleplay. Zadan and Meron will exec produce, and Mark Nicholson will produce.
The 100,000 residents of Flint have been without safe drinking water since 2014, when local officials started diverting water from the Flint River to cut costs. Michigan officials are investigating whether the lead-contaminated water could have led to a higher rate in miscarriages in the area.
Directors Ava DuVernay and Ryan Coogler as well as comedian Hannibal Buress helped host a #JusticeforFlint benefit that took place from Michigan on the same night as the Oscars in February.
Scottish director Anthony Baxter, who helmed the 2012 Donald Trump exposé You've Been Trumped, has started production on an untitled documentary about the Flint water crisis.
Zadan's and Meron's previous Lifetime projects include the highly rated 2012 Steel Magnolias remake. Their upcoming projects include NBC's next live musical, Hairspray, and a live staging of Aaron Sorkin's A Few Good Men, set to premiere on the network in 2017.