Hugh Hefner biopic Playboy to be penned by The Queen screenwriter

The Playboy founder reveals that acclaimed writer Peter Morgan is working on a movie about his life


You’ve been nominated for two Oscars, written a slew of successful films and had your script about Elizabeth II performed by Helen Mirren. What on earth do you do next? Why, pen a screenplay about the life of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner of course, which is just what Bafta-winning British writer Peter Morgan is up to at the moment.


Yes, octogenarian lothario Hefner is to become the London-born scribe’s latest subject, and on Tuesday evening (his time) Hef tweeted: “I had a good meeting today with screen writer Peter Morgan discussing a film about my life.”

The new film, tentatively title Playboy, will be the latest in a long line of biographical movies written by Morgan, whose resume includes the likes of The Queen, Frost/Nixon and The Last King of Scotland, about Ugandan dictator Idi Amin.

Originally in development by Imagine Entertainment, the Hefner biopic moved over to Warner Bros earlier this year, and legendarily persuasive Hollywood producer Jerry Weintraub is the man in charge of steering the film into cinemas.

While Hefner has never yet been the subject of a film biography, he has appeared as himself in The Simpsons and also played the President of the United States(!) in the fourth of Troma’s Toxic Avenger movies, Citizen Toxie.


And if you’re curious to see some of Morgan’s more recent work ahead of his movie about Hef, his thriller 360, which stars Anthony Hopkins, Jude Law and Rachel Weisz, is due out in British cinemas on Friday 10 August.