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Fri Jan 6, 2017, 01:03 PM

Cher To Star In Flint Water Crisis Lifetime Movie From Craig Zadan & Neil Meron

Source: Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: Cher is set to star in Flint, Lifetime’s original movie about the water-contamination crisis in Flint, Michigan. The Oscar winner also will executive produce the project, along with Craig Zadan, Neil Meron, and Katie Couric. Oscar-nominated director Bruce Beresford has been tapped to direct Flint, which has not been formally greenlighted yet but is expected to begin production in the spring. Sony TV is the studio.

The project, written by Barbara Stepansky, has been in fast track development since Lifetime bought it last April,.The hard-hitting fact-based drama examines the events that led to the “toxic crime” committed against the residents of Flint. It is looking to shed light not only on the politics and poor management that led to the poisoning of the water, but also the human element of the residents who not only suffered but whose voices were ignored. Cher will play the key role of a Flint resident whose family is seriously impacted by the water crisis.

Zadan and Meron got the inspiration for Flint after reading Time magazine’s February 1, 2016, cover story “The Toxic Tap” by Josh Sanburn. Their Storyline Entertainment optioned the rights to the article with Sony TV, where the company is under a deal for long-form projects.

This will be only the second TV movie role for Cher, following the 1996 HBO film If These Walls Could Talk, which earned her a Golden Globe nomination. Both projects focus on hot-button social issues that Cher has been passionate about. If These Walls Could Talk dealt with the right to choose and abortion.

More: http://deadline.com/2017/01/cher-flint-water-crisis-movie-lifetime-craig-zadan-neil-meron-1201878812/

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