David France’s 2012 documentary “How to Survive a Plague” has been optioned by ABC Studios, which is planning to develop the film into a dramatic miniseries.
The film, which was nominated for an Oscar in the Best Documentary Feature Film category, chronicled the early days of AIDS activism by the coalitions ACT UP and TAG (Treatment Action Group).
France, who wrote and directed the film, will executive produce the miniseries project, along with Howard Gertler (who produced the film) and John Lyons.
In addition to the Academy Award nomination, “How to Survive a Plague” was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award and was an official selection at the Sundance Film Festival.
“ABC is the network of Roots,” says France, ” this is a continuation of a dialogue that they’ve had with their viewers and with history, and that to me was the most decisive and convincing fact in our discussion — this idea that we can do that again and that we can be that for the gay community”
The mini-series will delve into more of the personal stories characters in the film and much like the film, — will offer unfettered access to an array of never-before-seen footage from the 1980s and ’90s. “These activists may have had to train themselves for the battle, but they were incredibly media savvy and were constantly filming everything,” explains executive produce John Lyons. “So there’s this treasure trove of this archival material, which we think can be cleverly introduced into the storytelling”