Searchlight Pictures is growing a drama based mostly on a ebook about playwright Tennessee Williams known as “Leading Men,” and the studio has set Matthew Lopez, the author behind the Olivier Award-winning play “The Inheritance,” to jot down the screenplay.
Luca Guadagnino and “Nomadland” producer Peter Spears will produce “Leading Men,” although no director has been connected.
“Leading Men” is concerning the passionate and sometimes tumultuous relationship between Tennessee Williams and his longtime companion Frank Merlo. The movie is about amidst the glamorous literary circles of 1950s Italy and New York and explores the burden of fame and the complicated negotiations of life within the shadows of greatness and ambition, all by way of the eyes of the muse who impressed certainly one of America’s foremost playwrights.
“Leading Men” is predicated on a novel of historic fiction of the identical title by Christopher Castellani, and the ebook was initially printed in 2019.
Overseeing the challenge for Searchlight are SVP of manufacturing & acquisitions Katie Goodson-Thomas, VP of manufacturing Taylor Friedman and inventive director Pete Spencer.
Lopez’s “The Inheritance” was directed on Broadway by Stephen Daldry and obtained 11 nominations on the Tony Awards, together with for Lopez for Best Play.
Guadagnino is represented by Range Media Partners and WME. Lopez is represented by Grandview and Cry Baby Media. Spears is represented by UTA.
Variety first reported the information.
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