The thought of Brett Ratner directing a biopic about Hugh Hefner is interesting, to say the least. The Family Man was his one high-profile foray out of action adventure flicks like the Rush Hour franchise and X-Men, or the more thrilling Red Dragon. Of all the directions he'd go, I wasn't expecting a sexual revolution. Variety has reported that the director is teaming with producer and hair gel lover Brian Grazer to finally bring Playboy to the screen -- a film about Hefner's life. John Hoffman, whose last released feature was the super-awesome Good Boy! is going to pen the script. Grazer grabbed Hef's life rights a while ago, and has been working on getting a workable project since then. If you can imagine it, Scott Silver once tried to whip Hugh into a musical, which could have been fun, but also potentially terrible, and Oliver Stone even worked on some drafts.

Where they've failed, Ratner and Hoffman have succeeded -- pleasing not only Grazer, but Hugh himself. Perhaps it's due to all the Playboy pinball he's played, or used to play, as Variety also says that Ratner sent Grazer his Playboy pinball machine. As for the scope, the director says: "Hef came from a puritanical upbringing and reinvented himself to be the godfather of the sexual revolution. He also used his magazine to advocate civil rights and free speech, and put James Brown on his show Playboy After Dark when they didn't put black performers on national television. He broke all kinds of taboos, especially in sexuality. I want to show it all, from the First Amendment struggles to his first orgy to the stroke in the 1980's that almost killed him." It sounds like a little something for everyone! When this project goes into production will depend on which of his two upcoming screenplays gets finished first -- he's also waiting for a caper film to get a re-write, one that might see Chris Tucker acting alongside Sidney Poitier of all people. Now onto the big question: Who will play Hugh?
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