We’ll believe it when we see it, but Gus Van Sant’s Harvey Milk bio-pic project is back in the news with Sean Penn attached to star as America’s first openly gay elected official, Harvey Milk, and Matt Damon on deck as Dan White, the San Francisco city supervisor who shot and killed Milk and then Mayor George Moscone in November, 1977. As we approach the 30th anniversary of this tragic event in American history let’s hope this long overdue dramatization can generate the kind of mass public dialogue that was prompted by the release of Brokeback.
This project has been in and out of development for years and years but with producers Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen (American Beauty) on the case it might finally happen! And it might actually be good (tho’ we’re not sure Sean Penn would be our first choice to play Harvey).
Of course, let's not forget about the OTHER movie, The Mayor of Castro Street which is also still supposedly in development with Bryan Singer attached as director. In April, 2007 the imdb.com production status notes were updated to say the project is: "Currently undergoing a rewrite. Warner Bros. hopes to have ready for release in 2009."
And speaking of imdb, there is some lively discussion about casting on the message boards in case you want to chime in about who should play Diane Feinstein!
In the meantime, if you haven't yet seen the Academy Award winning documentary, The Times of Harvey Milk (or even of you have) now would be a good time to toss it in your Netflix queue or just go ahead and buy a copy to have on hand for lending out to friends and family!