Ruffalo told MTV News he "just signed on tentatively with Ryan Murphy to do" the project. The exact nature of "Glee" co-creator Murphy's involvement in the project was unclear, but Ruffalo said Kramer had written the screenplay.
The central role of Ned is based semi-autobiographically on playwright Kramer and his experiences. Ruffalo said of the film, "It's basically a story of when the AIDS outbreak happened in New York. It wasn't really taken seriously, I think specifically because it was 'the gay cancer,' they called it. I think it's a really interesting time in America. I think to see someone who really does change the world by his commitment and he's even totally by himself at times, there's still a real power in that. I love that it's a people-powered movement that actually changed the way our government looked at this epidemic."
Details on other casting and when the project would begin filming remain undetermined.