Insects, earth-shattering asteroids, scheming thieves, Truman Capote – all subject matter famous for getting two films about them released in close proximity to each other in recent years. Now you can add Harvey Milk to that list says Variety.
Directors Bryan Singer and Gus Van Sant are in a race to be the first to do a film about Milk, the San Francisco supervisor and first openly gay elected official in the U.S., who was assassinated along with Mayor George Moscone by Supervisor Daniel White.
Singer has been attached to “The Mayor of Castro Street” for several years, and the project itself has been in development since the early 90’s. Based on the book by Randy Shilts, Chris McQuarrie (“The Usual Suspects) is set to write the final draft and Warner Independent Productions is near a deal with Participant Prods. to co-finance.
Now, Van Sant has attached himself to an untitled Milk script by Dustin Lance Black (HBO’s “Big Love”) with the script being shopped early next week. Funnily enough Van Sant was once set to direct “Castro Street” and even wrote a draft of the script years ago for Warners.
The race is on and whilst Van Sant may be behind the pole right now, Singer has commitments to both the Tom Cruise WW2 movie “Valkyrie” and a “Superman Returns” sequel. The studio is said to want Singer to fit ‘Mayor’ in between the two.