Dustin Lance Black to Write Lindbergh Biopic for Paramount TV

Dustin Lance Black will pen a television adaptation of A. Scott Berg’s biography “Lindbergh” for Paramount Television, the studio announced today.

Described as a limited series event, the show will chronicle the life of pilot Charles Lindbergh from his rise to, and struggles with, the celebrity he encountered after flying the Spirit of St. Louis solo from New York to Paris in 1927.

“The life of Charles Lindbergh is one of the most cinematic stories of the last century — one in which he was cast as a legendary hero, victim, and villain,” author Berg said in a statement.  “I’m thrilled that Lance Black — with his passion for history on top of his great talent — will be transposing the story to the screen, giving full scope to the unexpected personal drama as well as the dazzling public spectacle of this unique life.”

Black, who is known for writing the Oscar-winning screenplay for the Harvey Milk biopic “Milk” among other projects, said he was interested in Lindbergh’s personal story as well as his celebrity.

“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,” added Black. “I’m eager to dig into the story of a man who stumbled in his fame, but showed a willingness to learn and attempt 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.’”

The “Lindbergh” adaptation will be executive produced by Berg, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Killoran and Kevin McCormick.

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