Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts in August Osage County
The trailer for John Wells’s adaptation of Tracy Letts’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama August Osage County debuted this morning to theatrical head tilts. Has Hollywood reduced Tracy Letts’s brand of dysfunction to a heartwarming family drama? August is a dark, claustrophobic tragicomedy reminiscent of American classics like Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night. As Tolstoy once told us, happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. If done correctly, director John Wells (“ER,” “Shameless”) will offer that this unhappy family is unlike every other unhappy family brought to us by way of Hollywood Boulevard. In the source material, Letts tackles these family dynamics with haunting insight and humor; even if the trailer hasn’t shown us that yet, we’re still confident the movie will.
August first premiered at the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago in 2007, and headed for Broadway later that same year. The show closed two years, 648 performances and eighteen previews later. The film opens November 8 with an all-star roster that includes Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Abigail Breslin, Juliette Lewis, Dermot Mulroney, Chris Cooper, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Sam Shepard. George Clooney produces. Phew.
Let us be the first to nominate:
Meryl Streep: Best Actress
Julia Roberts: Best Supporting Actress
Chris Cooper: Best Supporting Actor
Abigail Breslin: Best Supporting Actress
Tracy Letts: Best Adapted Screenplay
John Wells: Best Director
Best Picture, Best Costumes, Cinematography …
Nine Academy Award Nominations. Minimum.
Until then, check out the movie trailer featured below.