Nora Ephron's Lucky Guy Still Aiming for Broadway Debut
28 Jun 2012
Producers of Lucky Guy, the final play from late Academy Award-nominated writer Nora Ephron, are committed to bringing the project to Broadway.
Ephron, known for the screenplays to "Sleepless in Seattle," "When Harry Met Sally" and "Heartburn," died at the age of 71 on June 26.
Colin Callender, who is producing the Broadway production of Ephron's Lucky Guy, issued the following statement on June 28: "At a moment like this there is nothing to say but extend our deepest condolences to Nick, Max and Jacob, and all of Nora's family. Her light and laughter will remain a testament to her incomparable talent, wit and heart. We are honored to be part of her legacy and remain committed to seeing her magnificent work Lucky Guy shine on Broadway and can think of no more fitting tribute to her extraordinary writing and remarkable body of work."
Academy Award winner Tom Hanks is reportedly attached to star in Ephron's play, which concerns the life of the late writer Mike McAlary, who was a columnist for the New York Post and the Daily News.
Tony winner George C. Wolfe, who helped Ephron shape the final draft of Lucky Guy, will direct the production, previously reported to open in January 2013 at a Shubert theatre to be announced.
The play, according to a previous report, "is a loosely structured series of scenes about McAlary's life and the stories he covered, including the Abner Louima case, for which he won a Pulitzer."
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.