Lifetime Is Making A Movie About The Flint Water Crisis Because Of Course They Are
The folks over at Lifetime have taken a break from butchering celebrity biopics to try its luck at telling the story of the biggest man-made disasters to happen in American history.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron are working on the made-for-TV film called Flint. Inspired by the Flint Water Crisis and TIME’s February story, “The Toxic Tap” by Josh Sanburn, the duo plans to tell the story of the mismanagement of the city which lead to over 100,000 residents using contaminated water from April 2014 to late 2015.
Zadan and Meron, who were recently celebrated for their work on The Wiz Live! and The Sound of Music, are also known at the network for the Steel Magnolias remake featuring Queen Latifah, Phylicia Rashad, Jill Scott and Adepero Oduye.
Sanburn will serve as a consultant on the film with Zadan and Meron executively producing. Indie film writer-director Barbara Stepansky will write the teleplay.
Deadline adds Flint will be told along the same lines as Erin Brokovich. The film which earned Julia Roberts an Oscar, tells the story behind groundwater contamination in California that was brought to light by environmentalist and activist Erin Brockovich.
Flint’s water problems are also getting the documentary treatment by director Anthony Baxter. In the months since bottled water, kits and other tools were sent to the city, Gov. Rick Snyder has continuously denied any wrongdoing in the crisis while residents still call for him and many other lawmakers in the scandal to resign.