Marc Malkin Senior Film Awards, Events & Lifestyle EditorAmazon Studios and Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment are developing a limited series based on “The Deviant’s War: The Homosexual vs.
The United States of America,” historian Eric Cervini’s New York Times bestseller. The book tells the story of Frank Kameny, a Department of Defense astronomer in the 1950s who became a leading figure in the fight for LGBTQ civil rights when he sued the federal government after being fired because he was gay.Tony-winning playwright Matthew López (“The Inheritance”) is set to adapt, Variety has exclusively learned. “When I first read Eric’s book, I knew I wanted to adapt it for television.
And when I first met Eric, I knew I had found the right creative partner to help me bring it to life,” López says. “So much of American queer history is told from a post-Stonewall perspective, but Eric’s book provides an essential understanding of that vital period prior to Stonewall — about the work and the lives of the people who (for better and for worse) planted the seeds of queer liberation,” he continues, calling the book “something akin to an ‘origins story’ for modern American queer history.” “Deviant’s War,” a finalist for the 2021 Pulitzer Prize in History, also chronicles gay activism’s ties to the Black Freedom Movement, the New Left, lesbian rights and trans resistance as well as Kameny’s co-founding of the Mattachine Society of Washington, D.C., to protest the persecution of gay federal employees.“It is the honor of a lifetime to work with my creative heroes, including the writer of ‘The Inheritance’ and the producers of ‘Moonlight,’ to tell the story of Frank Kameny’s battle against the gay purges of the 1950s and 1960s,” says.
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