A.J. Benza’s 2015 childhood memoir ’74 and Sunny is getting the big screen treatment by George Gallo.
’74 and Sunny is the story of Benza’s shy, gay cousin from New Jersey came to live with his Sicilian-American family during the summer of ’74 on Long Island. Dominated by the author’s short-tempered, hyper-masculine father, Benza tells a story of triumph and acceptance, of a loving but rough-around-the-edges family that puts aside its prejudices to welcome with open arms a young boy struggling with his sexuality and to accept himself.
In the end tolerance wins over ignorance, family neutralizes fear, and love wins.
Gallo, wrote such classics action films like Bad Boys and Midnight Run, and Benza is a former NYC gossip columnist and the host of Case Closed with A.J. Benza.