Plans for the film adaption of The
Normal Heart include turning it into a made-for-televison movie.
According to BroadwayWorld.com,
the film won't be shown at the multiplex. Instead it will be an HBO
television production with an estimated budget of $15 million.
As previously reported, Mark Ruffalo –
a co-star of the 2010 lesbian moms flick The Kids Are Alright
– will tackle his first gay role playing Ned Weeks, the hero of
Larry Kramer's Tony-winning play about the early days of the AIDS
Director Ryan Murphy, the creator of
Fox's Glee and FX's Nip/Tuck and American Horror
Story, has reportedly cast Julia Roberts as Dr. Emma Brookner,
the only doctor in New York City taking the disease seriously, and
Alec Baldwin as Ben Weeks, a lawyer and Ned Weeks' brother. Big
Bang Theory co-star Jim Parsons will reprise his Broadway role of
AIDS activist Tommy Boatwright.
White Collar star Matt Bomer
will also play gay in the film, taking on the role of gay fashion
journalist Felix Turner, who later becomes Weeks' boyfriend.
It remains unclear whether that
previously-announced cast remains in place.