Brett Ratner Producing the Hugh Hefner Biopic

brett ratner directing

Over a decade ago, director Brett Ratner (Tower Heist) began developing a Hugh Hefner biopic called PlayboyBrian Grazer was going to produce the film about the founder of Playboy, which Oliver Stone once developed a few drafts for alongside 8 Mile screenwriter Scott Silver. Ratner and all involved talked about Robert Downey Jr. and Hugh Jackman for the role, but eventually Universal dropped the project and Ratner moved on. Now, he’s circled back to it and intends to produce the film.

Below, learn more about the potential, long-gestating Hugh Hefner movie.

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HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2

In this edition of sequel bits:

  • A new actor boards Escape Plan 2.
  • Producer David Ellison hopes that David Fincher will direct World War Z 2.
  • Director Brett Ratner comments on the status of Rush Hour 4.
  • Jay Baruchel is more than confident How to Train Your Dragon 3 will satisfy fans.

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brett ratner directing

Director/producer Brett Ratner believes that the film review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes is the worst thing we have in today’s movie culture. Is Rotten Tomatoes to blame for the destruction of Hollywood’s movie business as Ratner suggests? Of course not.
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HAYDEN PANETTIERE, ROBERT RAY WISDOM, CHARLES ESTEN, POWERS BOOTHE, ERIC CLOSE, CONNIE BRITTON, SAM PALLADIO, CLARE BOWEN, JONATHAN JACKSON

In this edition of TV Bits:

  • Nashville has seemingly found a second life at CMT.
  • Homeland season 6 will feature a female President.
  • Eddie Murphy and Brett Ratner are teaming up again on Netflix.
  • Netflix reveals the trailer for Marco Polo season 2.

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The Libertine

Unless you’re one of those hardcore Johnny Depp fans, there’s a good chance that you’ve forgotten, or possibly never knew, that the Pirates of the Caribbean starred in a movie called The Libertine. The period drama about 17th century poet John Wilmot (aka the Earl of Rochester) was given a limited release in November of 2005 and a wide release in the spring of 2006. Despite having Depp in the lead role, it barely did any business at the box office, making just under $11 million worldwide. However, Depp is looking to star in another movie with the same title that should outshine the period drama easily.

The Libertine will have Johnny Depp teaming up director Brett Ratner for a film that is unlike anything the Hercules and Rush Hour director has tackled before. Find out more about The Libertine after the jump. Read More »

i want my mtv movie

A24 has optioned the rights to I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution, and has set The Spectacular Now/The End of the Tour director James Ponsoldt to develop the book into a feature film. Details on the I Want My MTV Movie, after the jump.

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Tetris Movie

Since most movies adapting video games for the big screen haven’t really turned out to be anything memorable, maybe the origin story of one of the most iconic early video games will be a little more appealing to audiences. That’s what producer Brett Ratner and his RatPac Entertainment partner James Packer are hoping as they are developing a Tetris movie about Alexey Pajitnov, the Russian video game designer who created the building block puzzle game. Read More »

Rush Hour 4 update

Today at the Television Critics Association summer press tour, Brett Ratner was on a panel for the National Geographic series Breakthrough. Ratner directed an episode of the series, focused on the human brain. After the panel, a few journalists approached Ratner for follow-ups and I asked him about the status of the Rush Hour franchise. Read More »

Beverly Hills Cop 4 release date

Last summer, Paramount announced Beverly Hills Cop 4 alongside Transformers 5G.I. Joe 3, and Hansel and Gretel 2. Brett Ratner was to direct, with Eddie Murphy returning to star as Axel Foley in a story that takes him back to Detroit.

The film was even given a release date, March 25, 2016, but we’ve heard very little about the film since then. No story, no casting, no shoot date. Now Paramount has scrubbed the Beverly Hills Cop 4 release date from the calendar, leaving the film in a sort of limbo. Just try not to cry all over your screen, OK? Salty tears leave awful smudges. Read More »

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Mariah Carey Christmas

All Mariah Carey wants for Christmas… is for you to check out her new holiday movie. New Line is developing an untitled Yuletide project to star Carey and center on the power of music. Brett Ratner will produce through RatPac Entertainment. Get all the details on the upcoming Mariah Carey Christmas movie after the jump.  Read More »