Gorgeous gay icon Rock Hudson is getting a biopic! The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Universal Pictures has optioned All That Heaven Allows: A Biography of Rock Hudson by Mark Griffin with plans of turning it into a film to be directed by openly gay Greg Berlanti (Love Simon, The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl, Riverdale, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, etc, etc….).
Hudson’s life seems tailor-made for the big screen. He was THE leading heartthrob in Hollywood during the ’50s and ’60s starring in classics like Magnificent Obsession, All That Heaven Allows, and Giant (which earned him and co-star James Dean Oscar nominations). He is perhaps most famous, though, for his fizzy hits with Doris Day in movies like 1959’s Pillow Talk and Lover Come Back. He had a slight ’70s comeback with his TV show McMillan and Wife, and much later on Dynasty in the ’80s, but by then he had been diagnosed with HIV. Which is where things take a tragic turn.
He spent a year denying rumors he had AIDS, not wanting to tarnish his image with a disease that was becoming an epidemic, especially in the gay community. In October 1985, Hudson died from AIDS-related complications in Beverly Hills at the age of 59. The revelation of his homosexuality was a milestone in the fight against intolerance toward gay people and those infected with HIV.
Says Berlanti in a statement:
“When Sherry Marsh brought this book to us, we jumped at the chance to be involved,” said Berlanti and Schechter in a statement. “Rock Hudson’s life and legacy is a vital piece of both LGBTQ history and Hollywood history and has to be given the big-screen treatment it deserves.”
Hopefully Berlanti will, do his story justice, although I imagine much of it will depend on the casting of Hudson. I fear it will be one of the generic A-gays in Berlanti’s circle like Colton Haynes or Matt Bomer, instead of digging deep and really finding the perfect fit. I also wonder who will get the plum role of the villainous Nancy Reagan who, as first lady, infamously denied helping her supposed best friend get specialized treatment in Paris during his las dark days?
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