After snatching up the rights to Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood, a Matt Tyrnauer-directed documentary released last year, Searchlight Pictures has given Luca Guadagnino (Call Me By Your Name, A Bigger Splash, Suspiria) the all-important role of directing its narrative film.
Comedy writers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, known for the cult classic Superbad, will be writing the script. It’s unknown whether Rogen will also star in this film as he does with so many others created by the duo, but it’ll be another to add to their ever-growing writing credits, which also include This Is the End and Pineapple Express.
The 2017 documentary is based on Scotty Bowers’ memoir Full Service: My Adventures in Hollywood and the Secret Sex Lives of the Stars. A bisexual World War II veteran turned pimp, Bowers became legendary within Hollywood when he began discreetly arranging dates for gay movie stars from a gas station in Hollywood. He was praised for his inclusive attitude in the community, his trustworthiness, and his urge to keep people safe. His sex work began in the 1940s through to the 1980s when the AIDs epidemic hit. Though he sadly passed away in October last year, his legacy is still very much alive.
The story of Scotty Bowers undoubtedly influenced Ryan Murphy’s Netflix original Hollywood, a mini-series following a group of aspiring actors in Hollywood after World War II. However, it’s much more likely Guadagnino’s film will be specific to Scotty himself.
After the critically acclaimed Call Me By Your Name, Guadagnino directed a remake of Dario Argento’s 1977 horror Suspiria and is also set to direct a fashion documentary, due to premiere at Venice Film Festival.
Writer Seth Rogen has also been busy, having recently starred in Future Man, a sci-fi comedy series with Josh Hutcherson and Haley Joel Osment. He and co-writer Evan Goldberg are also set to write the script for Console Wars, based on the non-fiction book by Blake J. Harris.
A release date for the untitled Scotty Bowers film is unlikely for a while yet, but we’ll be sure to have all the updates.
Words by Libby Briggs
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