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posted 07 March 2006 04:57 AM      Profile for Hephaestion   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Possibly still smarting from his ex, Jennifer Aniston, nixing his desire to portray a manly 'mo in Alexander, since the success of BBM, Brad Pitt has been shopping around for a 'gay pic. Now, the latest gossip is that:

We hear Brad Pitt is considering a movie based on Patricia Nell Warren's best seller "The Front Runner," about a track coach and an athlete (both gay) preparing for the Olympics.

For those not familiar with the story behind this story, Outsports provides a Coles notes version:

In recent years, Warren has set her sights on tackling the homophobia in the entertainment business. She originally sold the film rights of The Front Runner in the late 70s to Frank Perry, after Paul Newman had an option for a year. Perry couldn't get funding and he sold the rights to Howard Rosenman. Rosenman then sold the rights to another man who eventually died of AIDS. Warren went to court in the early `90s to get the film rights back, and finally won them in 1997.

After five years of searching for funding for The Front Runner movie, Warren and her Wildcat Entertainment business partner, producer Tyler St. Mark, are still looking. Over the years, St. Mark has taken meetings in most of the major studios in Hollywood, with many executives who love the book and love the project.

"But there are safe subjects which show gay people as victims, or bad people, or weak or effeminate," Warren says. Many have told St. Mark that The Front Runner, diving headfirst into the homophobic arena of sports, is too much of a monetary risk for the major studios.

"There are gay people who are out in Hollywood who won't touch this film because it's too much of a risk," Warren adds. "Tyler has taken meetings with people who tell me that they read it when they were young and they cried on the train while reading it, and then they'll tell Tyler why they can't make it."

Undaunted, Wildcat Entertainment pushes on with the project that has defined so much of Warren's life. The movie about the story of Harlan and Billy has been 30 years in the making.

(Thanks to my Friendly Neighbourhood LurkerŪ for tipping me off to this story... )

[ 07 March 2006: Message edited by: Hephaestion ]

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