It was inevitable… a movie on the much publicized Flint water crisis is in the works at Lifetime, from producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (the same pair behind the live TV musicals “The Wiz” and “The Sound of Music”), the network announced today.
The producers, who optioned the rights to TIME magazine’s February cover story by Josh Sanburn, titled “The Poisoning of an American City” (above) say that their intent is to create something comprehensive, tackling the crisis from the political and bureaucratic angles, as well as focusing on how the residents of Flint were impacted by the poisoning.
Barbara Stepansky is attached to write the teleplay adaptation, with Sanburn serving as a consultant on the film.
Zadan and Meron’s have a history with the Lifetime network; they also produced the 2012 all-black-cast “Steel Magnolias” remake. Up next, they’ll produce NBC’s live musical, “Hairspray,” and a live staging of “A Few Good Men,” coming in 2017.