As you've almost certainly heard by now, noted rapscallion and Playboy founder Hugh Hefner died recently at the ripe old age of 91, leaving behind a legacy that's as problematic as it is indelible.
Upon hearing of Hef's passing, you probably thought to yourself, "Y'know, I bet someone's going to turn that dude's life into a biopic." Such a biopic would have everything: sex, intrigue, celebrity cameos, grottos, mildewed carpets, the stalking of Marilyn Monroe, silk robes - the works. A real crowd-pleaser!
Well, guess what? You were right. According to The Hollywood Reporter, none other than Brett Ratner has stepped forward to claim ownership of Hugh Hefner's life story, and he says he's turning that story into an event film starring Jared Leto (rap airhorns go on for ten straight minutes).
"Jared is an old friend. When he heard I got the rights to Hef's story, he told me, 'I want to play him. I want to understand him.' And I really believe Jared can do it. He's one of the great actors of today."
Ratner, who will direct the film for RatPac Entertainment, has actually been working on this project since 2007, back when it was set up at Universal. The film then bounced over to Warner Bros., but has since landed fully in Ratner's hands. Surely we can count on Ratner to deliver an honest, warts-and-all retelling of Hefner's life story, rather than a tacky hagiography that will leave audiences feeling like they need a three-hour chemical shower.
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