It's still in the development stage. They're really working on getting the best script they can get. The producers have been fabulous about including me in the process of reading drafts, talking with them about the characters. Like 'The Children,' it's a character-driven book; it's not so much the plot but the characters that drive the narrative. They are so interested in being true to the characters.
I'm at least encouraged to know that the film is still in the works, and from the context of the article, Meryl appears to remain attached to star. Also that they're working hard to make sure the script is as good as it can be. The interviewer suggests that Leary hopes that pre-production will begin soon.
What concerns me, however, is that they're still not satisfied with the script. It's been three years since Michael Cunningham began developing the screenplay. I wonder if that's why we have never heard of a director's name attached; they perhaps want the script complete before they officially shop it around. I imagine they have to have certain people in mind, however.
If this gets put into pre-production by the end of the summer, could shooting begin in time for a 2017 release? That doesn't seem impossible at this point. Many parts of the book include events taking place around fall and winter, so perhaps filming wouldn't wrap before early next year. Complicating things is the fact that Martin Scorsese's The Irishman, set to star De Niro, was just picked up for international distribution at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this week. Scorsese is said to be aiming at filming beginning in early 2017. Would this make De Niro unavailable for The Good House?
I'm not holding my breath regardless, but I maintain that the character of Hildy Good could be a wonderful opportunity for Meryl to shine. It would be fantastic to so see this project finally come to fruition.