Brian Grazer is set to produce the film, with John Hoffman writing the screenplay. The narrative will revolve around the life of the Playboy magazine creator and publisher. The film has been in the works for a while. At one time it was set up as a musical, and Oliver Stone even tried to develop several drafts of the script.
It was Ratner who got it right after all these years. His proposed idea for the film won the approval of both Hugh Hefner and Brian Grazer, who has owned the rights to Hugh's life story for quite some time.
Ratner stated, "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 1980s that almost killed him."
Producers are currently waiting on a second draft of the script from Hoffman before the film gets a set start date.