Sunday, October 19, 2014

"Mary Stuart" project given new life?

It's been a bit of a slow week in Meryl news so I'll bite.  This week a lengthy article/interview came out in the Hollywood Reporter on Glenn Close's life and career.  In it they happen to mention that Close "has added producing and writing to her résumé and would like to direct, too: She still plans to helm an adaptation of Friedrich Schiller's Mary Stuart, in which she would star opposite Meryl Streep."

What?  I covered the possibility of this project in February in my last "Shoulda Coulda Woulda."  News of its idea was first released in 1997, when both Close and Streep were going to produce and star in the project together.  As we know, it never happened.

I'm certainly intrigued by the idea of this movie happening, but are we really to expect that Meryl will be in it?  The ages of the two actresses would've been far more suited to the roles fifteen years ago, as Mary of Scots (Meryl) was 44 when she was executed in 1587, while Elizabeth I (Close) would've been 54.   I suppose it could still happen now, but considering Meryl's upcoming projects, even if this somehow began filming in 2015, both actresses would be in their late 60's.  I suppose that's not that big of a stretch, but that's small potatoes compared to the obstacles there would be in actually getting this to cinemas within the next five years.  Plus it would mess up my reimagined history!

Regardless of what happens, it would be great if the project went forward, and I'll keep my eyes peeled for any developments.   Not holding my breath.


  1. It appears Pathe have confirmed "Florence", Jeff. Hopefully another lighter summer hit for 2016?

    It is interesting to reflect on Meryl's material since the mid-2000's. Then she had 3 nominations for Musical/Comedy at the Golden Globes vs 11 for Drama. Now she has 9 (plus possibly 2 more for Ricki and Woods) for Musical/Comedy vs 13 for Drama.

    I remember a lot of flak she received earlier in her career was for her supposed ultra-serious roles and 'suffering'. Now she has really mixed it up and is hearlded in both genres.

    Good to be an all-rounder, eh? ;)

  2. Agreed on summer 2016 release suggestion! I love that she continues to do such a variety of portrayals. But I also love her dramatic stuff, as Meryl says "I like things that are difficult."