Love Letters, A.R. Gurney's two-hander about a pair of prep school students who stay in contact via mail (and occasionally in person) their entire lives, will be filmed by TriStar Pictures, Reuters reports.
No cast has been set, but it will be interesting to see who gets it. The play, generally performed by two people sitting at a table reading the script, is so simple to produce, rehearse and perform that it's been done by countless stars throughout the country, often as a fundraiser. The show also played Off-Broadway, and briefly on Broadway.
Rumor has it that because of the demands of commercial filmmaking, changes to the play will include eliminating some of the adolescent scenes and making the adult characters a bit younger. As it stands, the film will start with the two in college and end with them in their 40s.
Although, according to Gurney's agent Gilbert Parker (at the William Morris Agency), Gurney wrote three drafts of the screenplay, the script is now being worked on by other writers, the last of which is Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Cristofer (The Shadow Box). Herbert Ross (Boys on the Side) will direct, with Martin Starger producing. Casting has begun and they're hoping to being shooting this year.
As for Gurney, he's working diligently on the screenplay for Sylvia, which will be produced by Paramount. Gurney's agent told Playbill On-Line that no director has yet been chosen. -- By Robert Viagas