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New Movie to Center on 'Playboy' Magazine Founder Hugh Hefner's Life

  • Ray McDonald

Hugh Hefner's life is coming to the big screen.

In a June 25 story, Variety Magazine reported the Playboy Magazine founder will be featured in a movie portraying both his sexual exploits and social activism.

The director will be Brett Ratner, best-known for his Rush Hour comedies. Producing for Universal Pictures will be Brian Grazer, who won a Best Picture Academy Award for A Beautiful Mind.

The 81-year-old Hefner, who several years ago sold Grazer the rights to his life story, last week approved the film's outline.

The article said a script is currently being written. Ratner was quoted as saying "Hef came from a puritanical upbringing and reinvented himself to be the godfather of the sexual revolution. He broke all kinds of taboos, especially in sexuality. I want to show it all, from the First Amendment (guaranteeing free speech) struggles to his first orgy to the stroke in the 1980s that almost killed him."

Hugh Hefner founded Playboy Magazine in 1953, building a $600 investment and nude photos of actress Marilyn Monroe into one of the most successful publishing empires in history.