Actor John Malkovich will co-produce and act in a movie adaptation of his Chicago stage hit The Libertine as part of a two-year deal with Granada Film, it was reported in Variety (Mar. 9).
Under the deal Granada will provide Malkovich's company -- known as "Smith.Malkovich.Halfon" -- with development financing and overhead for an initial group of five films.
First up will be Stephen Jeffreys' The Libertine, which will be adapted by Jeffreys and directed by Malkovich.
The film will shoot in early fall with Malkovich also taking a supporting acting role, according to Variety.
A few seasons back, The Libertine -- about the decadence and hypocrisy of 17th-century England -- was a hit at London's Royal Court Theatre and subsequently in Feb. 1996 at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre -- where Malkovich starred as the rakish Lord Rochester. Without Malkovich, the play had its New York premiere at HartsHorn Theatre Company in January 1998. Malkovich has worked extensively on stage and in film. His stage roles include Lanford Wilson's Burn This and Sam Shepard's True West. His films include Dangerous Liaisons and In the Line of Fire.
-- By Rebecca Paller