The company behind inspirational films The Fault of our Stars, Life of Pi and The Book Thief recently obtained the rights to a new tale: a man’s battle for marriage equality. According to The New York Times, 20th Century Fox plans to adapt the recent Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage into a feature film. Entertainment Weekly later confirmed the news with Fox.
A one-vote lead earned millions the right to wed in all 50 states when Jim Obergefell and two same-sex couples challenged Supreme Court in Obergefell v. Hodges (June 26). After a 21-year relationship, Ohio couple Obergefell and John Arthur got married in Maryland before Arthur’s death. Ohio refused to recognize Obergefell as surviving spouse on his late partner’s death certificate, causing him to fight for the same marriage rights as opposite-sex couples.
FOX now owns the film rights and the life rights of Obergefell and his lawyer, Al Gerhardstein. Screenwriters will base the script off a book (yet to be written with by the plaintiff and his journalist friend, Debbie Cenziper). The proposed book, 21 Years to Midnight, awaits a sale to a publisher.
The company’s Fox 2000 division will handle the movie and Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen are set to produce it.
“It’s a transcendent love story about someone who goes to such a length for love that he ends up changing the world,” Godfrey told NYT.
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