David Dobkin to Direct Hugh Hefner Biopic for Warner Bros. (EXCLUSIVE)

David Dobkin Direct Hugh Hefner Biopic

Jerry Weintraub is producing the Playboy movie with a screenplay from Peter Morgan ('Rush')

No stranger to putting on a big party, “Wedding Crashers” helmer David Dobkin looks ready to take aim at one of the great hosts of our time.

Dobkin is in talks to direct Warner Bros.’ untitled biopic about Hugh Hefner, the bon vivant and mogul who founded Playboy magazine in 1953 and built the magazine into a media empire while cultivating a reputation as a swinging bachelor well into his ’80s.

“Rush” screenwriter Peter Morgan is writing the film, returning to a similar era as seen in his 2008 “Frost/Nixon.”

Jerry Weintraub is on board to produce the untitled drama. Lynn Harris will oversee for the studio.

The Hugh Hefner project was originally set up at Universal with Imagine Entertainment producing, but it never coalesced to their satisfaction and the film was put into turnaround.

Dobkin’s commitment gives “Hefner” some serious momentum, and the studio will now look for the right actor to don Hefner’s silk pajamas. Robert Downey Jr. and Hugh Jackman were originally courted for the part at Universal, and Warners will likely look for an actor with similar charm and wit.

The WME-repped Dobkin is known for comedies like “Wedding Crashers” and “The Change-Up” but recently wrapped production on dramedy “The Judge” with Downey Jr.  The fact that “Hefner” has both dramatic and comedic elements may have helped get Dobkin the job.

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  1. Corky says:

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Done.

  2. Jim says:

    Who’s playing Barbi Benton, Peter Bogdanovich, Dorothy & Louise Stratten, Christie Hefner and Bobbie Arnstein?

    I hope Tom Hanks is not playing Hef.

  3. Bunny Deana says:

    Wow, it’s over 40 years since I was Bunny Deana at the London Playboy Club, and here we are still headlining the comings and goings of Hugh Hefner. It just goes to show what a great idea Playboy was. If anyone is interested, I have a collection of original (and now historic!) photographs online at Bunny Deana Photo Album, illustrating what I think was the golden age of classic Playboy.

  4. Just Confused says:

    Is Clooney too old? Charm, class, wit.


  5. salsa pants says:

    Mr. Hefner has done more for the betterment and self-image of womankind than any person or group in the history on this Earth. The women who pose(d) for Playboy display courage and enjoy a cornucopia of tangible and intangible benefits. In this freak-filled day of cheesy tats, lifts, tucks and botox, Playboy showed the beauty of the human female in a sexy, classy way – unlike any other. And the articles were/are the best! Hugh Hefner is my hero. We hold our smoking jackets high.

  6. tlsnyder42 says:

    Please, Warner Bros., don’t do this movie about this evil lunatic!!!!

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