Ryan Murphy Rumored To Bring Larry Kramer’s “The Normal Heart” To HBO

The proposed movie version of Larry Kramer‘s The Normal Heart may be heading to the small screen.

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.”

Murphy optioned the play in 2011 after it closed on Broadway where it snatched up three Tonys (including Best Revival of a Play and Best Featured Actress for Ellen Barkin, who can currently be seen yelling in everyone’s face on The New Normal) so Murphy and all involved may be best advised to start making room on their mantles now.
After all,  HBO’s production of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America ran away with ever y award under the sun.