Just as Patti LuPone is settling into her Broadway role as Maria Callas in Terrence McNally's Master Class comes word that Meryl Streep reportedly is in talks with New Line Cinema to star in a film biography of the opera diva, unrelated to the Tony-winning drama.
Daily Variety reported that the film would be adapted from "Maria Callas: The Woman Behind the Legend" by Arianna Stassinopoulos Huffington.
The script is being written by Clancy Sigal. The film would focus on Callas' stormy relationship with her lover, Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis, which forms the heart of one of the most powerful monologues in Act II of Master Class
The Variety story quoted New Line chairwoman Sara Risher saying that her company took its lead from the renewed interest in Callas due to the success of Master Class.
Streep is also reportedly being sought by Lincoln Center Theatre to star on Broadway in Wendy Wasserstein's An American Daughter this season.