Right now, Luca Guadagnino might just be one of Hollywood’s busiest directors. With several films already in the works including an adaptation of Swan Lake for Universal Pictures, a modern retelling of Lord of the Flies for Warner Bros., and even a potential sequel to his critically acclaimed and Oscar-winning Call Me By Your Name, it’s not hard to see that the Italian director is in high demand.
In addition to all of his other ongoing projects though, today Deadline reported that he has now also been brought on board to helm an adaptation of the documentary Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood. What makes this project even more intriguing is the fact that Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg were also brought on to write it.
From Superbad to Sausage Party, Rogen and Goldberg have primarily made a name for themselves within the comedy genre. However, considering the subject matter, it might just be the writing duo’s most distinguishable work to date. The original documentary tells the story of Scotty Bowers, who acted as an unpaid pimp in Hollywood for several decades, has a more serious tone. Combined with Guadagnino’s vision and sheer talent though, there’s no telling how great the product might be.
The documentary the film will be based on was, in fact itself, also an adaptation of a “tell-all” entitled, Full Service: My Adventures in Hollywood and the Secret Sex Lives of the Stars. In addition to telling Scotty’s story and his mission to create a safe space for closeted gay men, both the novel and the documentary also shed light several sexual scandals from the 1940s-1980s.
While Searchlight acquired the rights to the film last year, and have signed Guadagnino, Rogen, and Goldberg today, it is unclear when the film will begin production.
In the meantime, Guadagnino’s next directorial effort will be HBO’s We Are Who We Are, which premieres this fall. Although Rogen and Goldberg don’t have a project they’ve written or directed on the horizon, they do have two executively-produced projects coming up: HBO Max’s American Pickle and the second season of Amazon Prime Video’s smash hit series The Boys. The two premiere August 6 and September 4, respectively.