Report: Greenberg Wants to Pen Screenplay of Take Me Out

News   Report: Greenberg Wants to Pen Screenplay of Take Me Out If there is a Hollywood version of Broadway's Take Me Out, playwright Richard Greenberg told The New York Post he's going to write the screenplay.

"I'm too close to the play to let anybody else adapt it," Greenberg told the Post. "I want to screw it up myself, at least at the beginning." The Post reported that Ben Affleck is interested in the property, the 2003 Tony Award-winning Best Play about a superstar ballplayer named Darren Lemming, who comes out of the closet in an upsetting season crowded with incident.

Speculation has Affleck interested in playing Kippy, the straight pal of Darren, though Affleck would surely get praise (justified or not) for tackling a gay role in an industry (Hollywood) where image is everything.

For the week of June 30-July 6, Take Me Out scored a healthy $301,291 at the box office, representing 79.3 percent of capacity. In mid-March, the play lingered in the 50-60 percent range, making Take Me Out a robust player post-Tonys. The play also snagged Tonys for director Joe Mantello and featured actor Denis O'Hare.