“Love, Simon” Director Greg Berlanti Helming Rock Hudson Biopic

The Hollywood icon died in 1985 from AIDS-related complications.

Rock Hudson, a closeted heartthrob of Hollywood’s Golden Age who became a public face of AIDS in the 1980s, is getting a big-screen biopic.

Universal Pictures has optioned Mark Griffin’s All That Heaven Allows: A Biography of Rock Hudson with plans to adapt the book into a film directed by Greg Berlanti, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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A leading man in the ’50s and ’60s, Hudson starred in films such as Magnificent ObsessionAll That Heaven Allows, and Pillow Talk. Oscar-nominated for his role in Giant, he found success in television during the ’70s and ’80s, appearing on shows like McMillan & Wife and Dynasty.

Hudson, who was diagnosed with HIV in 1984 and denied rumors he had AIDS for a year, died in 1985 from AIDS-related complications at the age of 59. Nancy Reagan famously denied his pleas for help gaining access to experimental HIV treatment.

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Berlanti also will produce the Hudson biopic along with Berlanti Productions president Sarah Schechter and Marsh Productions and Entertainment’s Sherry Marsh. They are currently seeking a screenwriter.

“When Sherry Marsh brought this book to us, we jumped at the chance to be involved,” said Berlanti and Schechter 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.”

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Berlanti, who is married to former soccer pro Robbie Rogers, is a prolific TV producer and creative mind behind shows such as Dawson’s Creek, Riverdale, and Supergirl.

He directed the 2000 gay-themed film Broken Hearts Club and most recently helmed the YA adaptation Love, Simon, the first major studio rom-com with a gay teen at its center.

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