Michael Lindsay-Hogg will direct a film version of Samuel Beckett's classic, Waiting for Godot. The movie is the latest venture in Gate Theatre honcho Michael Colgan and film producer Alan Maloney's ambitious plan to film 16 of Beckett's works. According to Variety, the only plays remaining to be shot are Godot, That Time and Come and Go.
Lindsay-Hogg recently returned to the New York stage, directing James Lapine's The Moment When at Playwrights Horizons. In the late '70s and early '80s, he piloted such works as Agnes of God and Whose Life Is it, Anyway?.
The filming of Godot begins in Dublin, the Gate's home, in November. Johnny Murphy, Alan Stanford, Stephen Brennan and Barry McGovern star. The movie will be shot on a sound stage, said Variety.
Other Beckett films already completed include: Krapp's Last Tape with John Hurt, and Atom Egoyan at the helm; Endgame, with Michael Gambon, Conor McPherson directing; Catastrophe, directed by David Mamet; Play, featuring Kristin Scott Thomas, Alan Rickman and Juliet Stevenson, under Anthony Minghella's direction; and Julianne Moore in Not I, directed by Neil Jordon.
—By Robert Simonson