Paramount Television will produce a miniseries titled “Lindbergh” that will be based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning 1998 biography of the aviator of the same name by A. Scott Berg.
“Milk” writer Dustin Lance Black, who won an Oscar for his screenplay for the 2008 film, will adapt the book for the miniseries.
“Lance is as talented and prolific as anyone working in television and film today, and we take enormous pride in working with him to adapt Scott’s brilliant portrait of one of the nation’s most fascinating cultural figures,” Paramount TV president Amy Powell in a statement, according to Deadline. “It’s also incredibly gratifying to partner with Scott [Berg], Leo[nardo DiCaprio], Jen[nifer Killoran] and Kevin [McCormick] on making Lindbergh an extraordinary television event that captures the scope and significance of this Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece.”
Meanwhile, Berg said of Black’s selection in a statement, according to Deadline, “The life of Charles Lindbergh is one of the most cinematic stories of the last century – one in which he was cast as a legendary hero, victim, and villain. I’m thrilled that Lance Black – with his passion for history on top of his great talent – will be transposing the story to the screen, giving full scope to the unexpected personal drama as well as the dazzling public spectacle of this unique life.”
Black himself spoke about how Lindbergh’s life echoes what’s happening in the world today.
“In Lindbergh's story, we have the very first case of a worldwide media sensation,” he said in a statement, according to the Hollywood Reporter. “He was an American daredevil, innovator, record-breaker and icon, but he was far from perfect. I'm eager to dig in to the story of a man who stumbled in his fame but showed a willingness to learn and attempted to rectify the unseen ramifications of what the world still considers his greatest successes … a man who urged the world to 'listen until the end.'”
As noted by Deadline writer Anita Busch, this isn’t the first time DiCaprio is involved with a biographical project about a famous airman – he received an Oscar nomination for portraying Howard Hughes in the 2004 movie “The Aviator.”