Look who's going Hollywood! The Tom of Finland Foundation has announced that the renowned gay artist has been set for a film biography. Tom of Finland (whose real name was Touko Laaksonen) created influential and gorgeous artwork for most of his 71 years. He also had a major impact on gay global culture with his arty images of hypermasculine men, which have been shown in museums and galleries around the world. They were also featured in this book. Now Finnish production company Helsinki-filmi has bought the rights to his life for a feature film. (Before he died in 1991, Tom actually participated in two documentaries about himself, Boots, Biceps and Bulges: The Life & Works of Tom of Finland in 1988 and Daddy and the Muscle Academy in 1991.)
"Every project we've seen from this esteemed company has consistently impressed us with its creativity," says Durk Dehner, president and cofounder of the Tom of Finland Foundation. "The production team has a full grasp of the layers of the subject matter they take on. Now, with [the] Helsinki-filmi collaboration, Tom's messages of equality and freedom will be shared with even wider audiences."
Casting for the project will start early next year (we're thinking George Clooney in a mustache) and shooting will commence in December 2014 in Finland, Germany and the United States. Aleksi Bardy is set to produce, and Dome Karukoski is attached as director. For more information about Tom of Finland, visit TomofFinlandFoundation.org.