Hoffman to Make Film Directorial Debut with Glaudini Play Jack Goes Boating

News   Hoffman to Make Film Directorial Debut with Glaudini Play Jack Goes Boating
Philip Seymour Hoffman, who starred in the Off-Broadway mounting of Bob Glaudini's Jack Goes Boating, will make his film directorial debut with that work, which made its world premiere at the Public Theater in 2007.
Philip Seymour Hoffman and John Ortiz
Philip Seymour Hoffman and John Ortiz Photo by Aubrey Reuben

The Overtures Film, according to Variety, will star Hoffman as well as Amy Ryan, John Ortiz and Daphne Rubin-Vega. Ortiz and Rubin-Vega also starred in the Off-Broadway run, which was presented by the LAByrinth Theater Company. Filming is expected to begin in New York Feb. 9.

The work follows two couples — one just beginning their courtship, the other married and working through hardship. "Laced with cooking classes, swimming lessons and a smorgasbord of illegal drugs, Jack Goes Boating," press notes for the play stated, "is a story of date panic, marital meltdown, betrayal and the prevailing grace of the human spirit." The Public Theater run marked the first time LAB co-artistic directors Ortiz and Hoffman shared a stage for their company.

Overture chief operating officer Danny Rosett told Variety, "Phil is such a unique talent, and this opportunity to work his creative mojo not just in front of the camera but also from the director's chair is just irresistible for us."

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