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Rock Hudson biopic moves ahead at Universal Pictures and finds its screenwriter

The movie will be helmed be 'Love, Simon' director Greg Berlanti

2019-03-06

The announced Rock Hudson biopic has found its screenwriter, reports Deadline.

Last year, it was announced that Love, Simon director Greg Berlanti was set to go behind the camera once more to helm a film adaptation of the new book ‘All That Heave Allows: A Biography of Rock Hudson’ detailing the Hollywood heartthrob’s tragic life.

Berlanti is reportedly set to direct and produce – along with Sarah Schechter and Sherry Marsh – the new movie about the gay icon who was forced to project a heterosexual image during the Hollywood Golden Age of Cinema.

Now, Deadline report Richard LaGravanese – who has worked with Call Me By Your Name filmmaker Luca Guadagnino – is on board to adapt the Mark Griffin book for Universal Pictures.

Hudson – who is best known for movies such as Magnificent Obsession, Pillow Talk, Giant and All That Heaven Allows – was gay but due to homosexuality being illegal in the 1950s and 1960s, he was forced to live a lie - like so many other Hollywood stars.

He even married a woman for the sake of appearances. Although his career faded during the late 1960s, he had a comeback with the TV series McMillan & Wife.

Hudson became one of the highest-profile celebrities to be diagnosed with Aids in the 1980s and although he denied he had the virus, he eventually confirmed it. He died in 1985.