If you only know Hugh Hefner as the elderly guy in the bathrobe who frequently guest-stars on TV shows, or perhaps from that reality show in which he shares his quasi-polygamist lifestyle with the world, the Playboy founder has lived a fascinating, colorful life, and you may soon be hearing a lot more about it.
The Hollywood Reporter said Tuesday that Peter Morgan, a biopic specialist who previously wrote movies about Queen Elizabeth, Richard Nixon, Freddie Mercury and (three different times) Tony Blair, is in talks to write a screenplay about Hef’s life, for producer Jerry Weintraub. No director or cast is attached.
The Playboy brand may not be so relevant these days, and The Playboy Club may have tanked on NBC last fall, but Hefner’s life is full of obviously cinematic stories, even aside from the whole “plentiful beautiful naked women” part.
Hefner’s story contains all sorts of First Amendment battles, and the magazine was at the center of the counterculture in the 1960s and ’70s. He’s even got a species of rabbit named after him, although I don’t expect the film to give that as much attention as the Bunnies of the human variety.