After writing and directing films about such pressing topics as racism (“Crash”) and the Iraq War (“In the Valley of Elah”), Paul Haggis has set his gaze on the Flint water crisis for his next project. The two-time Oscar winner and his producing partner Michael Nozik are collaborating with director William Hart on “Lead and Copper,” which will examine the crisis afflicting the Michigan city’s water supply. Deadline first broke the news.
“Once I learned of the depth of the problem and the extent of the cover-up, I was compelled to take a closer look and tell this story in the way it deserved to be told,” says Hart in a statement. Flint’s crisis has been ongoing since 2014, when the city stopped sourcing its water from Lake Huron in favor of the Flint River but failed to treat it properly. Many are still without clean water.
Steven Leckart (“All Things Must Pass”) wrote the script, and Flint native Howard Bragman is part of the team as well. “To me this is not something that is just a tragic news story — it’s real and it’s affecting my family, my friends, people I love,” Bragman says. “This is not an isolated story for fiscally challenged Rust Belt cities; it’s the ‘canary in the coalmine’ for other cities.”