Tony-winning Matthew López will adapt The Deviant’s War: The Homosexual vs. The United States of America as a limited series for Amazon Studios and Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment, reports Variety.
The book tells the story of Frank Kameny, a Department of Defense astronomer in the 1950s who led the fight for LGBTQ civil rights in America when he sued the federal government after being fired from his job for homosexuality.
López’s play The Inheritance, directed by Stephen Daldry, has been hailed as “the most important American play of the century”. After debuting in London in 2018, the play opened on Broadway in the fall of 2019 and has since become the most honored American play of a generation, winning Best Play awards in New York and London, including the Tony Award, Olivier Award, Drama Desk Award, Evening Standard Award and the Drama League Award. He recently made history by becoming the first Latin writer to win the Tony Award for Best Play.
The Inheritance is set to premiere in Los Angeles at the Geffen Playhouse in 2022. In New York, López’s work has been seen off-Broadway with The Whipping Man (Manhattan Theater Club) and The Legend of Georgia McBride (MCC Theatre), and he is currently co-writing the musical adaptation of the classic film Some Like It Hot, which is set to arrive on Broadwat later this year.
He is also working on a reimagining of Whitney Houston’s iconic 1992 box office hit The Bodyguard for Warner Bros., as well as a feature film adaptation of the novel Leading Men for Searchlight Pictures, centering on Tennessee Williams and his partner. longtime Frank Merlo. . He previously signed an overall television development deal with Amazon Studios in October last year.
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