Film Version of August: Osage County in the Works

News   Film Version of August: Osage County in the Works
The dysfunctional Weston clan will live on for eternity. A film version of the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning play August: Osage County is in the works, Variety reports.

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tracy Letts.
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tracy Letts. Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Jean Doumanian Productions and Steve Traxler, president of Jam Theatricals, will produce the silver-screen version of the Tracy Letts drama. Both Doumanian and Jam Theatricals are executive producers of the Broadway production, currently playing the Music Box Theatre. Jeffrey Richards and Jerry Frankel, who are also lead producers of the award-winning drama, will executive produce the film.

Playwright Letts will pen the screenplay.

Neither casting nor a schedule for the August film has been determined. Doumanian told Variety, "So many actors and stars have come to see it on Broadway, and we've gotten inquiries. People are enthusiastic about the film version."

Playwright Letts won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Play for the three-and-a-half-hour dark ensemble comedy-drama about three generations of an Oklahoma clan.

Directed by Anna D. Shapiro, August: Osage County "tells the explosively funny tale of the Weston clan, triggered by the recent disappearance of the family patriarch."

A London staging of August is scheduled for November at the National Theatre, and a national tour will likely launch in summer 2009, according to the trade paper.

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