Multiple sources are reporting that Meryl is on the short list of names mentioned to possibly join Amy Schumer in a mother-daughter comedy. Schumer, who can currently be seen in theaters starring in Trainwreck, has re-written a script with her sister about a mother and daughter who evidently get kidnapped while vacationing in Brazil.
This is very far from any confirmation of Meryl's participation, obviously. Variety indicates that if a director signs on they hope to begin filming before the end of the year. As far as we know, Meryl's schedule is open. However, we know that The Good House has been waiting in the wings for almost two years now. As recently as February of this year, FilmNation reiterated that the film was set to begin production this year, following The Founder (which is currently filming). Yes, Meryl mentioned months ago in one interview that she wouldn't be doing anything after Florence Foster Jenkins for a while, but that film has already wrapped and who knows whether she truly wants an extended break.
So what's the likely scenario? If the untitled Schumer project has a great script, it could be a fantastic opportunity for Meryl to be in yet another box office hit. I haven't seen Trainwreck, but it's opening weekend was fantastic and the trailer suggests it's hilarious. Schumer is likewise a riot in interviews. But if The Good House moves forward (please!) and Meryl stays on, I'm guessing it would happen this fall. That would give Meryl at least two to three months break after finishing Florence.
Alas, no director is yet attached to either film. What if Meryl joins the Schumer pic, films it this fall and has that along with Florence for 2016, and then finally completes The Good House next year? That could leave The Good House her lone project set for release in 2017, an original character in a potentially very dramatic story. Streep has done a lot of comedy/lighter fare recently so I'd love to see her with a gripping performance in an outright drama.
As I say often on this blog...time will tell.