Deadline announced that Searchlight is moving forward with the movie adaptation of the Scotty Bowers book/documentary Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood…. and has set Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg to write the script and Luca Guadagnino to direct the film.
The film focuses on Scotty Bowers, a World War II Marine combat veteran who fought at the Battle of Iwo Jima and became a legendary bisexual male hustler and date-arranger for gay Hollywood movie stars from the 1940s until the beginning of the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s. The docu is based on Bowers’ book Full Service: My Adventures in Hollywood and the Secret Sex Lives of the Stars, a dishy tell-all that was so titled because Bowers arranged these liaisons from a gas station he ran in the shadow of the Hollywood studios. Despite the prurient nature of his business, Bowers was beloved because he created a safe environment for gay members of the showbiz community to hook up in secret in what otherwise would have been a much more dangerous and possibly deadly pursuit.
It’s a great story that has kiiiiiiind of already been told this year (in Ryan Murphy‘s dreadful Hollywood), and one has to wonder why they waited until Murphy got the jump on them….
Oh… and also… WTF straight stoner Seth Rogen can bring to the story? Echoing a thousand Twitter rants, let me scream from the rooftop: LET QUEER WRITERS TELL QUEER STORIES!
Again: LET QUEER WRITERS TELL QUEER STORIES!
What do you think? Will you be going?