EXCLUSIVE: ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ Director Ryan Murphy Confirms He’s Helming ‘The Normal Heart’

“Glee” creator Ryan Murphy sure is having a good year. There’s the incredible popularity of “Glee,” for starters. He’s also got the Julia Roberts-starring “Eat, Pray, Love” arriving in theaters this Friday. He’s still looking ahead though. Mark Ruffalo told MTV a few weeks ago that he’ll be starring in an adaptation of Larry Kramer’s semi-autobiographical play “The Normal Heart.” He revealed that Kramer wrote the script and Murphy is somehow involved. We now have clarification from the man himself about what his role will be.

“I’m directing it from Larry Kramer’s beautiful script and we’re going to shoot that in June of next year,” he told MTV’s Josh Horowitz on the red carpet at the “Eat, Pray, Love” premiere in New York City last night. “I think it’s an important story and I think Mark Ruffalo is just beyond brilliant so I’m very excited to be directing him.”

Murphy also responded to talk that he’s in the running to direct a big-screen adaptation of the play “Wicked,” based on Gregory Maguire’s 1996 book, “Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West.”

“I admire those guys so much,” he said. Murphy hedged a bit when asked if he’d be interested in directing it, replying that he’d “never presume to say yes” to such a question. His appreciation for “Wicked” is obvious though.

“I love that show, I’ve used the music of that show on ’Glee,'” he said. “I think that show is about empowerment, which is what ’Glee’ and ’Eat, Pray, Love’ are about, so it would be an honor to be asked to [direct the adaptation].”

I have not made a pitch. I’m full of admiration for everybody connected with that show.