has just optioned the rights to the Rock Hudson biography titled All That Heaven Allows, and plans on directing the film. (Set this alongside the Anthony Perkins & Tab Hunter Movie, and the Scotty Bowers Movie, and that's a hell of a Mid-century Hollywood Closet-case triumvirate.) Anyway the Rock Hudson book hasn't come out yet, it comes out in a few weeks, so you can pick up your copy here and together we can figure out what's new that needed to be said that hasn't been said in all the other Rock Hudson books. Here what THR says:
"Hudson’s story has been written about before, not just by the actor himself but in books by a former lover and a former publicist, each with his own agenda. There was even a biography about his manipulative agent. Griffin’s book was praised for its balanced and thoughtful look at the man’s life."
Okay, sure, but let's not belittle the book about Hudson's agent Henry Willson, which is a helluva page-turner filled to the collarbones with queer. Anyway a Rock Hudson movie seems to me easier to get made than a Montgomery Clift one, for a lot of reasons -- Rock is better known now and, to be blunt about it, straighter seeming -- and Berlanti is enough of a name to maybe get this off the ground, so maybe this will happen, unlike all those ever delayed Monty ones. But who the hell could play Rock Hudson? Give up your suggestions in the comments! What I'm most curious about is if they're gonna feel the heat to cast an openly gay actor at this point - the drum-beat on that's gotten louder each year.