It has been announced that a film adaptation of Tracey Lett’s Pulitzer Prize & Tony award winning play “August: Osage County” is being made.
Based on the 3 & 1/2 hour play set in an Oklahoma country house in which a single extended family — led by its pill popping matriarch Violet, and her headstrong eldest daughter Barbara. They are all grieving the mysterious death of it’s patriarch and then proceed to rip each other apart.
And what a starry cast is on the cards. In talks to play the drug addicted mum is Meryl Streep (no surprise there), and as her eldest daughter – Julia Roberts (not so sure about that choice).
It is to be directed by John Wells who has a TV background – he was show runner on the last few seasons of “West Wing”. Hardly an inspired choice for such an acclaimed play. Surely he is a 2nd or even 3rd choice? Was Mike Nichols approached?
I saw the play at the National Theatre in London with the original Broadway cast and the Sydney Theatre Company brought them all out to Sydney this year to perform.
I was a little underwhelmed by the play itself, while not bad, it just seemed like an imitation of any play by Eugene O’Neill. The performances though were a different matter, they were excellent, there are some meaty roles thats for sure. I’ll look forward to the film, just to see Streep act her chops off, it is a tour-de-force part of the highest order. If there ever was a film role that would finally get Streep her long deserved third Oscar, it is Violet Weston.
It is the second time in recent years that Streep has nabbed the lead role in a Tony winning play’s film adaptation.(Deanna Dunnagan won the Tony playing Violet on Broadway). In the film adaptation of “Doubt” she played the part originated by Cherry Jones who also won the Tony. Not surprising to go for Meryl as she has been box office gold of late.
I must also note that another Tony winning hit play that underwhelmed me is being adapted into a movie. “Gods Of Carnage” is to be directed by Roman Polanski with a starry cast comprising of Jodie Foster, Christophe Waltz, Kate Winslet & Matt Dillon. Great cast, usually great director. Something else to look forward to.