Back in January, news broke of a film adaptation of Kramer’s Tony Award-winning autobiographical play about the rise of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, helmed by TV titan Ryan Murphy and featuring an all-star cast of Julia Roberts, Alec Baldwin, Mark Ruffalo, Matt Bomer and Jim Parsons.
The film was to be produced through Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment, but according to Broadway Wold, the project has moved over to HBO with a rumored $15 million budget, though it is unclear whether the HBO production will retain the same cast.
Babs Streisand had optioned to direct The Normal Heart back in 1986, but built koi ponds in her New England-style home in Southern California instead, leading Kramer to rub the play’s renewed success in her face.:
“Ryan has wonderful ideas that jell and enhance my work. You said you couldn’t get financing. He has his financing. He said if he couldn’t get it, he’d finance it himself. (You chose to remodel and redecorate your houses.) This is a man whose driving passion to make this movie is extraordinary.”