The Whit Stillman film The Last Days of Disco, currently in cinemas, may have a life on stage. As first speculated in the New York Post "Page Six" column, and confirmed to Playbill On-Line by Edmon Roch, one of the film's producers, Stillman is talking to producers interested in converting the film into a stage production.
Roch said that no definite agreement had been reached, and declined to say which producers he was talking to. Nor could it be learned whether the movie is being considered as a play or a musical.
The Last Days of Disco opened in late May to ecstatic reviews. The story takes place in the late 1970s, and follows the adventures of two young women using the New York disco scene to make personal and professional connections. As in previous Stillman films, such as 1990's Metropolitan, the characters of Disco are the hyper articulate members of an East Coast, WASP culture gasping its last breath.
The film stars Chloe Sevigny and Kate Beckinsale as Alice and Charlotte, the two protagonists. The cast also features Christopher Eigeman, Matthew Keeslar, MacKenzie Astin, Jennifer Beals, and frequent New York stage performer Robert Sean Leonard. Stillman wrote the screenplay and co-produced the picture. As of July 13, the movie had grossed $2.7 million.
Stillman's other films include Barcelona (1994). He was nominated for an Oscar for his screenplay to Metropolitan. -- By Robert Simonson