Sometimes in the world of entertainment things move very fast and other times they take a long time to get moving. It was around two and a half years ago that it was revealed that US TV network ABC was helping to develop a TV mini-series about the gay rights struggle, with Milk duo Dustin Lance Black and Gus Van Sant set to write and produce.
Now the eight-part show is finally moving forward, with THR reporting that ABC has given the series the greenlight, with Good Will Hunting and My Own Private Idaho’s Van Sant directing at least the first two-hour episode (as well as executive producing). The series, called When We Rise, is certainly ambitious, as it ‘chronicles the personal and political struggles, setbacks and triumphs 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.’
There’s not too much further info about exactly what era(s) the show will cover or the characters it will feature. However, When We Rise is now heading towards production, and is expected to debut towards the end of next year.