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HBO, Polone team for 'American Family' movie

THR EXCLUSIVE

Before the Kardashians, the Gosselins and the Osbournes, there were the Louds, America's first reality TV family.

HBO and producer Gavin Polone are teaming for a behind-the scenes look at the Santa Barbara clan and the making of "An American Family," the groundbreaking documentary series that featured them.

Titled "Cinema Verite," the film was penned by "The Omen" writer David Seltzer, with writing-directing duo Shari Springer Berman and Bob Pulcini ("American Splendor") on board to direct.

"American Family," from Oscar-winning doc filmmakers Alan and Susan Raymond ("I Am a Promise: The Children of Stanton Elementary School"), premiered in 1973 on PBS and stirred a considerable amount of controversy for exploring subjects rarely seen on TV at that time.

Long before Kate and Jon Gosselin's marital problems played out on TLC's "Jon & Kate Plus 8," Pat Loud, the mother and central character on "Family," asked her husband Bill for a divorce midway through the series.

Even more shocking was the coming out of the Louds' eldest son, Lance, who became TV's first openly gay character.

In 1983, HBO and the Raymonds took an updated look at the clan with the one-hour "An American Family Revisited: The Louds 10 Years Later."

The Raymonds are back on board "Cinema" as consultants, as is Andreas Killen, author of the book "1973 Nervous Breakdown: Watergate, Warhol, and the Birth of Post-Sixties America." Polone is executive producing.

The project is in the late stages of development, with discussions on casting under way.