Brett Ratner is set to direct Universal Pictures “Playboy,” a biopic about Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner reports Variety.
Producer Brian Grazer optioned Hefner’s life rights several years ago and has tried developing it in various forms since then with Oliver Stone previously attached.
Ratner and scribe John Hoffman however found a way to do it that pleased Grazer and the 81-year-old Hefner, who approved the take late last week in a meeting at the Playboy Mansion.
Ratner’s is presently waiting for a rewrite on an ‘African-American Ocean’s Eleven’ style caper movie, and Hoffman just began writing the Hefner pic. The director next will shoot whichever one is ready.