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Brett Ratner on Playboy film

BrettRatner.jpgHugh Hefner's life is going to be making it to the big screen courtesy of Brian Grazer and Brett Ratner. Ratner is set to direct with Grazer producing.

Brian Grazer optioned the rights to Hugh Hefner's life story several years ago, and a few names have had a go at the film, even Oliver Stone. However it was Brett Ratner who received the okay from both Grazer and Hefner, and now he's set to direct the film.

Well, when I say that Oliver Stone's film was passed over for Ratner, Variety has that and then on the next paragraph states that Stone moved on to work on his film Jawbreaker. So I'd say Stone went onto bigger and better things. After all how much of an attraction is the life of Hefner to a director like Stone?

Not that I'm knocking Hefner, but Stone's passion lies in much more politically aware scripts than this one. Grazer had a few comments about the film.

"Hef came from a puritanical upbringing and reinvented himself to be the godfather of the sexual revolution...He also used his magazine to advocate civil rights and free speech, and put James Brown on his show 'Playboy After Dark' when they didn't put black performers on national television. He broke all kinds of taboos, especially in sexuality. I want to show it all, from the First Amendment struggles to his first orgy to the stroke in the 1980s that almost killed him."

Okay, he's managed to sell that to me a lot more than the story I was originally thinking of. My head was full of naked ladies and lounging around the pools. Perhaps this would have been a very appealing story to Stone, although he might have felt that it was already made with The People vs. Larry Flynt?





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