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Focus, Groundswell team to finance Van Sant's Harvey Milk biopic

Sean Penn will star in Gus Van Sant's biopic of the gay rights icon Harvey Milk for Focus Features and Groundswell Productions, which has been set for a January 2008 start date.American Beauty producers Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen will produce Milk through The Jinks/Cohen Company with Michael London, whose Groundswell Productions is co-financing with worldwide rights holder Focus Features.

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