HBO announced yesterday that it will begin production on a behind-the-scenes documentary film about the landmark Prop 8 decision, which will include exclusive footage of the legal team led by Ted Olson and David Boies, as well as the lives of two same-sex couples in the case.
“The story of the battle to overturn Prop 8 is the story of a modern-day American revolution,” HBO programming president Michael Lombardo said in a statement. “HBO is proud to present what is intended to be the film of record on this landmark case.”
For the past five years, directors Ben Cotner and Ryan White have had exclusive access to film the long legal process from the perspectives of those involved, and will profile the separate journeys of four of the plaintiffs—couples Kris Perry and Sandy Stier, and Jeffrey Zarrillo and Paul Katami (pictured)—during the five years before the decision was made.
Olson, a former US solicitor general, said “it’s the most important case I’ve ever worked on.” He praised the couples involved for “being brave enough to share their lives,” and is sure “people will inevitably be moved by getting to know these amazing individuals.”
Cotner also offered praise for the couples, telling the NY Times in a phone interview that “their willingness to give us such amazing access speaks to how confident they were about where history would end up.”
The unnamed project is expected to be finished by the end of this year with a premiere date in early 2014.