Brad Pitt set to produce Ryan Murphy's The Normal Heart, starring Mark Ruffalo
Posted by: Brad Sturdivant
These days, Ryan Murphy is best known for being the mastermind behind the television sensation ‘Glee’, but you may have forgotten he directed a decent little film called RUNNING WITH SCISSORS back in 2006. So his jumping back into the film directing game shouldn’t come as a surprise, even if last year’s EAT, PRAY, LOVE was disappointing. Next up for the director is a film called THE NORMAL HEART, which is based off the semi-autobiographical play by Larry Kramer. The story centers on an activist in 1980’s New York that fights to increase the awareness of HIV/AIDS in the city. The film has heavy doses of “sexual politics” (note: I don’t know what that means).
Mark Ruffalo has been attached to play the male lead for a while now and Murphy has publicly said he wants to reteam with Julia Roberts on the film, but as of now, she has yet to commit. But Murphy got a big push today when Brad Pitt’s Plan B productions picked up the project. As you probably know, Pitt and Roberts have worked together several times (THE MEXICAN, OCEAN’S 11).