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’Pose’ Creator Developing New LGBTQ-Focused Medical Series For FX

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 09: Steven Canals attends the red carpet event for FX's "Pose" at Pacific Design Center on August 09, 2019 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images)

Pose creator Steven Canals, who has an overall deal with Disney-owned FX, has lined up his next project with the studio.

The writer/producer is developing a series called 81 words, a limited series that will explore the now historic effort by a group of medical professionals to change the definition of homosexuality from being classified as a mental illness.

Canals will write the script and executive produce the drama series that is based on Alix Spiegel’s award-winning This American Life episode “81 Words” under his Story Ave production banner. alongside Elisabeth Seldes and Neri Tannenbaum of Pal Pictures. Spiegel, Singer and Sammon will also produce the series, which is currently in the development process via 20th Century Fox TV.

Here is the official synopsis below:

“Until 1974, the medical establishment considered gay people sexually deviant and diagnosed them as mentally ill. 81 Words tells the true story of gay activists Frank Kameny and Barbara Gittings, who risked their career and reputation to conspire with the GAYPA — a clandestine group of closeted psychiatrists — and challenge the American Psychiatric Association’s definition of homosexuality.”

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81 Words is the first project to come from Canals overall deal, which he inked earlier this year, just before the Hollywood shut down due to the coronavirus. Pose was forced to shut down season three of production, but is expected to resume soon. The studio is hoping to release season three of the award winning series later this year.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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