Universal moves forward with Rock Hudson biopic
The Rock Hudson biopic All That Heaven Allows is moving forward at Universal Pictures. Variety reports that the studio is talking with Oscar-winning scribe Richard LaGravenese (The Fisher King) to helm the screenplay, based on Mark Griffin’s book All That Heaven Allows: A Biography of Rock Hudson, which the studio purchased the rights to last year.
Hudson was a legendary leading man of the silver screen back in the 1950s and ’60s, with credits on Pillow Talk, All That Heaven Allows, Lover Come Back and Send Me No Flowers. He received an Oscar nomination for his work on the Texas oil epic Giant, which co-starred James Dean. Hudson later made the leap to the small screen in the ’70s, with starring roles in long-running series McMillan & Wife and Dynasty.
He was also a gay man at a time when such a lifestyle was not considered socially acceptable in Hollywood. However, he managed to remain secretive about his personal life. The actor would succumb to complications from AIDS in 1985.
Super producer Greg Berlanti (Riverdale, Love Simon), who was approached by the studio late last year, will direct from LaGravenese’s script, as well as produce the film. Sarah Schechter for Berlanti Film Corp. and Sherry Marsh for Marsh Productions Entertainment will also produce.