Hugh Hefner Finally Finds The Movie Deal He’s Been Waiting For
Playboy founder Hugh Hefner has finally agreed to allow a movie to be made about his life after numerous entertainment groups have offered and been denied.
RatPac Entertainment has been given the life rights of the Playboy empire founder and have already started getting things in line for the feature film, according to Page Six. Brett Ratner will take charge in the project and serve as producer with John Cheng, Dick Rosenzweig Peter Jaysen and Hefner serving as executive producers.
“In recent years there has been plenty of interest and much conversation about doing a feature film based on my life,” Hefner said in a statement. “I have always believed that when the timing was truly right, the perfect creative partners would come together for this project. I believe we’ve found those partners in Brett Ratner and RatPac Entertainment. I’m very much looking forward to this collaboration.”
“Hugh Hefner started a sexual revolution from behind the walls of his legendary mansion by using the pages of Playboy Magazine an his own infamous lifestyle to build a global empire that included publishing, clubs, casinos and television networks,” Ratner said of the inspiration behind the film.
Ratner has been trying to secure the rights to do the film for years and has been working on closing the deal for months. The producer hasn’t offered details on how they will tell the Playboy founder’s story, but it will encompass much more of Hefner’s life at the Playboy Mansion.
“Whether young people today read or care about Playboy, this was a guy who had a dream and changed the world,” Ratner said.
“Hefner cared about civil rights, women’s rights, the preservation of the arts, jazz,” Ratner continued, “his magazine featured interviews with important leaders from Malcolm X and Martin Luther King. And with one stroke of genius he changed sexuality in America.”