In the midst of all the happiness and pride that surrounded the Supreme Court of the United States' recent decision to legalize same-sex marriage across all 50 states, there was still the tragedy of a bereaved man who'd lost his husband and was denied the right to be listed on his death certificate.
Jim Obergefell, whose name did appear as plaintiff in the monumental SCOTUS ruling that resulted in rainbow flags flying across the nation -- and even lighting up some federal buildings -- turned to the courts to right the wrong that had happened to him when the state of Ohio refused to recognize his Maryland-based marriage to John Arthur. And the rest, as they say, is history - which Obergefell is going to help make it to the books with his own autobiography on the way (tentatively titled "21 Years to Midnight").
And according to The New York Times, the movie rights to both Obergefell's written account and his life story as well have now been acquired by 20th Century Fox, with Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen on board to produce the film.
For the uninitiated, Godfrey and Bowen have probably made you cry before with their tear-jerker book-to-screeners "The Fault In Our Stars" and "Dear John," among others. So, when Godfrey told the NYT that we can expect the film to be "a transcendent love story about someone who goes to such a length for love that he ends up changing the world," we knew that was our cue to brace for many, many tears.
Of course, the movie is still an estimated two years away, so we'll have plenty of time to prepare ourselves for all the heart-bursting that's going to happen when it does come out.