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Sarandon's prayers for Bobby.

"I PUT IN SO MUCH TIME AND invested so much," says Susan Sarandon of the upcoming made-for-TV adaptation of Leroy Aarons's best-seller Prayers for Bobby. "I was sad when it didn't go there." Prayers tells the true tale of gay youth Bobby Griffith, who leaped to his death off an Oregon overpass in 1983 partly because of the Christian-based homophobia of his mother, Mary.

Once slated to executive-produce and perhaps to star, Sarandon parted ways with the project earlier tiffs year. "I just felt that the movie they wanted to make was not the movie that I was interested in making," she tells The Buzz. "I know they're well-intentioned and that they care about it. I hope that if [the film] gets made, it's as big and as complicated as the book."

All parties say the parting was amicable. "We appreciate Susan's initial interest in the project," says executive producer Daniel Sladek. "Prayers for Hobby is moving forward full speed, with a screenplay [by Miss Congeniality scribe Katie Ford] formally approved by both Mary Griffith and author Leroy Aarons. We're now casting and anticipate moving into production shortly."
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Title Annotation:Susan Sarandon and story of gay youth Bobby Griffith
Publication:The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Dec 19, 2000
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