A publicity still of Gore Vidal and Kevin Spacey for the 2009 film Shrink.
A similar article in the Hollywood Reporter oddly refers to Vidal's cliff-side villa in Ravello, La Rondinaia, as "infamous," which it neither was nor is. Hopefully, that word choice doesn't reflect inside knowledge that the project is taking some sort of salacious approach. The descriptor "renown" as used in real estate descriptions no less is actually more accurate.
The producer is Andy Paterson (Girl with a Pearl Earring), Michael Hoffman (One Fine Day, The Last Station) director, and Patrizia von Brandenstein, production designer; von Brandenstein became the first woman to win an Oscar for production design when she did so in 1984 for Amadeus.
Gore Vidal, July the 4th, 1997, in Ravello at his writing desk; photograph by Jill Krementz.
Vidal, who died in 2012, has been the subject of several documentaries, including Australian director Nicholas Wrathall’s 2013 documentary Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia.
features interviews with now-deceased author George Plimpton, historian Arthur Schlesinger Jr., and The New York Review of Books Editor and Publisher Barbara Epstein, as well as author and friend Jay Parini, the executor of Vidal's literary estate. Vidal's closest friends -- including Paul Newman, JoAnne Woodward, Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins, Eli Wallach, and Anne Jackson -- appear in the film, reading excerpts from his writings.
Vidal's 1960 play The Best Man had Broadway revivals in 2000 (Spalding Gray, Chris Noth, Charles Durning, Christine Ebersole, et al) and 2012 (John Larroquette, Eric McCormack, James Earl Jones, Candice Bergen, Angela Lansbury, et al).