An Update on the Tab Hunter and Anthony Perkins Relationship Biopic

“I’ve never seen the first draft of a script so well done."

The secret love affair between Hollywood heartthrobs Tab Hunter and Anthony Perkins had been whispered about for decades, and it was finally confirmed in Hunter’s 2005 memoir, Tab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star.

Now the relationship between the two actors will be brought to the big screen in Tab & Tony, a new biopic of the two men, produced by Zachary Quinto and J.J. Abrams. Allan Glaser, Hunter’s partner of 35 years, will also join the production team.

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Doug Wright, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his Tony-winning play I Am My Own Wife, is writing the screenplay. In a recent interview with NewNowNext, Glaser gave an update on the project, noting that Wright knocked his screenplay “out of the park.”

“I’ve never seen the first draft of a script so well done,” Glaser explains. “Then again, Doug lived with Tab; he came out here about three months before Tab died and spent a couple of weeks with us just to absorb Tab’s sense of being, his dialogue, his thoughts.”

“When I read the script, he totally captured Tab. His voice, his mannerisms, his outlook on life—and he did for Tony Perkins, too! Right now, we’re out to directors on the project. I think it’s going to be terrific.”

The next step is to find a director. Glaser says the team is currently in-talks with a few contenders, but finding the right actors to portray Hunter and Perkins is proving challenging.

“For Tony Perkins, I was thinking Andrew Garfield,” reveals Glaser, but he is stumped when it comes to who could portray Hunter.

“Maybe we’ll find an unknown, much like Tab was cast in his first movie,” he adds. “He was an unknown, and that made him a star. So, you know, we’ll have our own Hollywood story to come out of it.”

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