Producers David Permut, Silvio Muraglia, Chris Taaffe and Daniel Sladek have optioned the feature rights to Leroy Aarons’ non-fiction tale “Prayers for Bobby.”
No talent is attached, but the producers are planning to get the pic into production by next year.
Project is based on the Harper Collins book about a gay son’s suicide at 20 and his mother’s transformation into one of the leading crusaders for gay and lesbian teens.
Sladek said the production will focus on the mother’s drive to fight in her son’s memory in the style of “Norma Rae.”
The deal was brokered by Mickey Freiberg of the Artists Agency.
Aarons, a founder and president of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Assn., was formerly a correspondent for the Washington Post, and later served as exec editor of the Oakland Tribune.
Permut last produced “Face/Off.” Sladek is currently in post-production on “Talos the Mummy.”