Van Sant's 'Milk' Locked, Loaded while 'Mayor of Castro St.' Cock-Blocked By Writer's Strike
Daily Variety had this juicy bit last Monday:
"Milk" has beaten "The Mayor of Castro Street" to the greenlight. ... Focus is moving forward with Gus Van Sant's biopic about late gay-rights activist Harvey Milk, with Sean Penn in the title role. The film, co-financed by Groundswell Prods., will begin lensing in January. ... Pic will shoot entirely in San Francisco, where Milk became the first openly gay man elected to office, in 1977. The next year, he and Mayor George Moscone were shot to death by city supervisor Dan White ... Dueling Harvey Milk project "The Mayor of Castro Street," meanwhile, is caught in strike limbo. According to producer Craig Zadan, Christopher McQuarrie's script is ready, but it wasn't turned in before the strike. Bryan Singer, who's busy with "Valkyrie," is attached to direct that project for Warner Independent.