“I’m directing it from Larry Kramer’s beautiful script and we’re going to shoot that in June of next year,” Murphy was quoted as saying. “I think it’s an important story and I think Mark Ruffalo is just beyond brilliant so I’m very excited to be directing him.”
Mark Ruffalo, who confirmed his involvement a few weeks ago, will presumably play the lead role.
The synopsis of the play is detailed below:
The story of the play closely follows Kramer’s life, with Ned Weeks representing Kramer during the period in 1981 and 1982 when he co-founded the Gay Men’s Health Crisis. Other characters represent his brother Arthur Kramer and his other close associates.
Not much else is known about The Normal Heart. However, expect more details to be revealed when production starts next June.
As for Murphy’s involvement in the possible big-screen adaptation of Wicked, he’s not necessarily in talks yet. He said when asked about the project, “I think that show is about empowerment, which is what Glee and Eat Pray Love are about, so it would be an honour to be asked to direct the adaptation.”
Murphy’s latest directorial effort, Eat Pray Love, will open in UK cinemas on September 24.