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‘Rogue One’ Writer Chris Weitz Adapting Gay Rights Drama ’21 Years to Midnight’

Fox 2000 has hired “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” writer Chris Weitz to adapt the screenplay for the gay rights movie “21 Years to Midnight.”

The studio began development of the movie shortly after the June 26 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court case that effectively legalized same-sex marriage. Fox acquired the life rights of Jim Obergefell, the lead plaintiff in the lawsuit that went to the court, and life rights to Obergefell’s attorney, Al Gerhardstein.

The Fox 2000 division has set up the project with producers Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen through their Temple Hill banner. The studio has also bought the movie rights to a book proposal by Obergefell and journalist Debbie Cenziper, to be titled “21 Years to Midnight.” William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins, is publishing “21 Years to Midnight” in June.

Obergefell married John Arthur in Maryland in 2013, three months before his death. Obergefell later sued the state of Ohio for refusing to list him as Arthur’s spouse on the death certificate.

Weitz wrote the screenplay for “Cinderella” and produced and directed “A Better Life.” He also helmed “The Twilight Saga: New Moon,” on which Godfrey was a producer.

Weitz is repped by WME and attorney Alex Kohner at Morris Yorn. The news about Weitz was first reported by the Hollywood Reporter.

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