Gay Hollywood heartthrob Rock Hudson is getting a big-screen biopic.
Universal Pictures has picked up the rights to Mark Griffin’s biography of the actor, All That Heaven Allows: A Biography of Rock Hudson, and are planning to adapt the book into a film directed by Greg Berlanti, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Hudson was a big-screen leading man during Hollywood’s Golden Age in the ’50s and ’60s, starring in films such as Magnificent Obsession, All That Heaven Allows, and alongside Doris Day in Pillow Talk.
He was nominated for an Oscar, and enjoyed a career resurgence on TV during the ’70s and ’80s, appearing on shows like McMillan & Wife and Dynasty.
After his HIV diagnosis in 1984, Hudson became a high-profile face of the AIDS crisis after his death in 1985 from AIDS-related complications at the age of 59.
Berlanti, who is gay, will also produce the biopic and the production companies are searching for a screenwriter for the project.
“When Sherry Marsh brought this book to us, we jumped at the chance to be involved,” Berlanti said in a statement.
“Rock Hudson’s life and legacy is a vital piece of both LGBTQ history and Hollywood history and has to be given the big-screen treatment it deserves.”
Berlanti is known for his work on shows such as Dawson’s Creek, Riverdale, and Supergirl and recently helmed the acclaimed adaptation of young adult novel Love, Simon, the first major studio rom-com centred on a gay teenager.