IN QUOTES

Here’s How Larry Kramer Came To Trust Ryan Murphy To Direct “The Normal Heart”

220px-Ryan_Murphy_by_Gage_SkidmoreI woke up one day in 2009 and thought, why has this movie not been made? My producing partner Dante Di Loreto knew Larry and called him. The rights were lapsing and Larry agreed to meet with me. He didn’t know who I was, or any of my previous work. I think he was taken by my passion… I met Larry before the revival on Broadway when he really thought this wasn’t going to happen. I had a plan. Listen, he wanted a lot of money for the property because to be blunt, it was the thing that sustained him and his family for years. I did not want to put him through another script development hell situation where he could have his heart broken. I wanted him, with me, to really control the trajectory of what was going to happen. I told him, ‘If you give me the rights, I swear to you on my life, I will get this made.’ I meant it, I put my money where my mouth is and broke into my IRA account and bought the play outright, so he and I could just work on the project until it was right and then make it. That was always my plan. I wanted to give him freedom and financial confidence… He was astounded that I did that. I don’t know why I did it, other than that I felt so strongly in my gut, perhaps more so than anything I had ever been involved with, that I was getting this done. For him, and hopefully in the right way.”

 

Ryan Murphy speaking with Deadline about the long journey of Larry Kramer‘s play from stage to screen, which resulted in 16 Emmy Award nominations, including one for Kramer for his screenplay