The life of Charles Lindbergh will be turned into an event series by Paramount Television. The company has hired Dustin Lance Black, who won an Academy Award for writing 2008's film "Milk", to adapt A. Scott Berg's Pulitzer-awarded biography "Lindbergh" into a script.
"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," says author Berg. "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 says, "In Lindbergh's story, we have the very first case of a worldwide media sensation. He was an American daredevil, innovator, record breaker and icon, but he was far from perfect. I'm eager to dig into the story of a man who stumbled in his fame, but showed a willingness to learn and attempt 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.' "
Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Killoran will serve as executive producers for the project. They say the limited series will "explore Lindbergh's true past."
Lindbergh, an American aviator, author, inventor, explorer and social activist, flew the Spirit of St. Louis solo from New York to Paris in 1927. The kidnapping and subsequent murder of his 18-month old baby in 1932 also gained media attention at the time.
Despite declaring that he was anti-war, he traveled several times to Germany to report on German aviation and the German Air Force (Luftwaffe) from 1936 to 1938 at the behest of the U.S. military.