ABC Studios Developing Miniseries Based on GLAAD Media Award and Academy Award-Nominated Documentary 'How to Survive a Plague'

How to Survive a Plague filmmaker David France is currently working with ABC Studios to develop a miniseries based on his documentary, which will take a deeper look at the personal stories behind the HIV/AIDS advocacy movements of the 1980s. The scripted project, much like the documentary, will give viewers access to never-before-seen footage of ACT UP and Treatment Action Group (TAG) activists as they pressured the U.S. Government to take the HIV/AIDS epidemic seriously, and forced pharmaceutical companies to develop drug treatments, even as they faced their own mortality.

“We know we’d like it to be an extended story that’s not just about AIDS and what AIDS wrought but about this tremendous civil rights movement that grew from the ashes of AIDS and the dawn of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender movement,” France (who will produce the project) told The Hollywood Reporter.

The documentary premiered to a standing ovation at the Sundance Film Festival, where it was acquired by IFC Films and Sundance Selects for distribution. France, for some time, had the idea of a miniseries for the project but networks were hesitant. Eventually conversations with ABC Studios lead to them buy the rights to the film.

How to Survive a Plague received nominations for Best Documentary at the Academy Awards and the Film Independent Spirit Awards and is currently nominated for a GLAAD Media Award.