Remember that episode during Entourage when Johnny takes a visit to director Brett Ratner's pad? Though many assumed that the show was exaggerating on Ratner's Hugh Hefner-like lifestyle, the episode was a brief glimpse on how Ratner likes to live. He wants to be a Hugh #2.
That being said, it comes as a bit of irony (or should I say strange coincidence?) that it will be Ratner who directs Playboy for Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment.
Brett Ratner to Direct Playboy
A biopic about the life of Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner? Genius!
Producer Brian Grazer optioned Hefner's life rights several years ago, but found making a film on Hefner's life extremely difficult. Ratner, who should know ever wrinkly on Hefner's skin, found a way to deliver a story that not only pleased Grazer, but Hefner as well. With the help of scribe John Hoffman, Playboy could be Ratner's next film.
"Hef came from a puritanical upbringing and reinvented himself to be the godfather of the sexual revolution," Ratner told Daily Variety. "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."