Ryan Murphy will direct Mark Ruffalo in “The Normal Heart”

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: One of the things I appreciated about “Eat, Pray, Love” was Ryan Murphy’s solid direction, so it’s encouraging to learn he’s moving on to another engaging premise with an excellent actor in tow.

Murphy will helm an adaptation of “The Normal Heart,” Larry Kramer’s semi-autobiographical work about the rise of the AIDS virus in New York City in the early 1980s. Mark Ruffalo will star.

“I’m directing it from Larry Kramer’s beautiful script and we’re going to shoot that in June of next year,” Murphy told MTV. “I think it’s an important story and I think Mark Ruffalo is just beyond brilliant so I’m very excited to be directing him.”

When pressed as to whether or not Murphy was still in the running to direct the planned film adaptation of the Broadway smash “Wicked,” the filmmaker hedged his bets.

“I love that show, I’ve used the music of that show on ‘Glee,'” he said. “I think that show is about empowerment, which is what ‘Glee’ and ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ are about, so it would be an honor to be asked to [direct the adaptation].”

“Eat, Pray, Love” is in theaters tomorrow, Aug. 13.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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