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Rock Hudson biopic moves a step closer to reality

Rock Hudson biopic moves a step closer to reality

Leading man: Rock Hudson biopic will feature life of closeted gay actor. Photo: Wikipedia

Universal Pictures is in final negotiations with top Hollywood writer, Richard LaGravenese, to script a major film about the life of Rock Hudson.

LaGravanese recently wrote scripts for upcoming Bob Dylan film Blood on the Tracks. His other credits include Unbroken and Beautiful Creatures.

Hudson treatment: Hollywood screenwriter LaGravenese talking to Universal. Photo: Wikipedia
Hudson treatment: Hollywood screenwriter LaGravenese talking to Universal. Photo: Wikipedia

Universal posted a copy of a story from Hollywood news site Deadline.com onto its own news and press page, giving weight to its validity.

Gay Star News reported last year that Love, Simon director, Greg Berlanti, was being lined up as director for the star’s biopic.

Berlanti is also the producer behind Riverdale and Netflix hit the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.

Rock Hudson biopic based on book

The film is based on a biography about Hudson’s life, called All That Heaven Allows. Author Mark Griffin wrote the book from interviews with co-stars, family members, and former companions.

Rock Hudson film closeted gay
Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Hudson was one of Hollywood’s most famous leading men and starred in a raft of major blockbusters. However, he was forced to hide the fact he was gay to safeguard his career.

Nonetheless, he appeared in 1950s and ’60s greats such as Magnificent Obsession, Pillow Talk, All That Heaven Allows, Send Me No Flowers and the James Dean western Giant for which he received an Oscar nomination.

In the 1970s Hudson made a successful switch to television, appearing in long-running series McMillan & Wife and Dynasty.

He remained discreet about his sexual orientation throughout his life and sadly died of complications from AIDS in 1985.

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