Like with Ryan Murphy’s The Normal Heart, Monty Clift too started off as an indie feature, which was put together more than a year ago with Bomer attached to star and Larry Moss set to direct from a script by Christopher Lovick. The project was shopped for financing by Pier 3 Pictures’ Michael Din, Janine Giaime and Juri Henley-Cohn.
The way HBO stepped in to bring The Normal Heart to fruition with its A-list talent intact, it is doing the same with Monty Clift.
The Love Is Strange duo of Ira Sachs and Mauricio Zacharias will rewrite Lovick’s script. Din and Moss will serve as executive producers alongside Anonymous Content’s Tony Lipp and Alix Madigan.
At his prime, Clift rivaled Marlon Brando and James Dean as Hollywood’s biggest male stars and, along with them, was one of the first method actors in Hollywood. Clift also was the first Hollywood actor to refuse to sign a studio contract, choosing independence instead. He graduated from stage roles to screen success in films that includes A Place In The Sun and From Here To Eternity. His matinee idol good looks were destroyed by a devastating car accident that left him with a broken nose and partially paralyzed face. Though he continued to make movies, the accident haunted him until his death, even though he received an Oscar nomination, his fourth, for one of his last performances in Judgment At Nuremberg.
Clift had a complicated personal life, which he refused to put on display. He struggled with his sexual orientation and resorted to alcohol and drug addition following the accident.
“To see the kind of intense vulnerability and realism that he brought to his work at a time when that was not the style—it’s profound,” Bomer said in an interview last year. “He knew everything he was feeling inside—or if he didn’t, you wondered, why was he feeling that when the scene was this? To get to portray someone who was so formative to me as an artist would be terrifying and daunting and thrilling.
Bomer’s role in The Normal Heart earned him a Critics Choice TV award and an Emmy nomination. He is also up for a People’s Choice Award tonight for favorite TV Cable Actor (for his starring role on USA’s White Collar) as well as a Golden Globe award this weekend for The Normal Heart.
Sony Pictures Classics’ Love Is Strange, which Sachs also directed, starred John Lithgow & Alfred Molina as a longtime couple forced to separate after losing their home. The film has received four nominations from the Independent Spirit Awards including Best Picture and Best Screenplay.