Just for context, the script with the highest number of "mentions" received 44. At 31, we see Miss Sloane. I previously discussed this script in September when it was purchased at the Toronto International Film Festival. Depicting a lobbyist fighting for stricter gun control, I continue to wonder if this is different from The Senator's Wife.
Next, at 16 mentions is Do No Harm (not to be confused with ...First Do No Harm of course). Said to be about a surgeon whose life "takes a dangerous turn when she indulges in an affair with a doctor whose god complex challenges her own." It doesn't sound particularly interesting, but it seems possible that Meryl would fit the demographic. Albeit I picture execs likely wanting to feature a younger, "hotter" actress if much of the film would focus on the affair.
At 14, we find Cut and Run, about a "female urologist and retired hooker who form an unlikely friendship when they team up to take down a notorious sex trafficker in Miami." Again, appears that it technically could include Meryl, although it reads like it could be more of an action flick? It could possibly be a social commentary film, bringing attention/awareness to forced prostitution in the U.S.
Lastly, at 13 mentions and by far most intriguing to me, was Nyad. Written by Robert Specland, it is "based on the true story of marathon swimmer Diana Nyad, who in 2013, after 4 failed attempts and at the age of 64, became the first person ever to open-swim from Cuba to Florida (55 hours non-stop) overcoming impossible odds, personal tragedy, and 103 miles of open ocean."
I had never heard of Nyad, but quickly began my research. All the info I needed was best captured in the documentary I watched about her experience entitled The Other Shore.
Ok, on paper this role would seem to tick so many boxes for Meryl: biopic, age 64, physical transformation, intense personality, lesbian who (allegedly) suffered abuse at hands of both her Greek-Egyptian stepfather (Diana does a great accent of him in doc) and Hall of Fame swim coach Jack Nelson.
I've read in interviews that Meryl swims for exercise. I don't know if she continues to do so, but if I hadn't known that, I wouldn't have connected the possibility of her portraying this woman. Not having read the script, I of course don't know how much of it takes place in the water, but I imagine quite a bit. No doubt the filming would be physically grueling. Meryl is no stranger to strenuous physical work in preparation for roles (The River Wild) and I wonder if it would take on extra significance were she to undergo it in her 60's rather than her 40's. If the movie were to be made with Meryl, I expect it would have to be picked up this year with a filming schedule no later than summer 2017, incidentally when Meryl would turn 68. Such a timeline would also allow for her to film The Good House later this year.
At first I thought Nyad may be too much of a stretch, but the more I think about it, and as I write this post, it seems at least possible, if not plausible. Can you not totally picture Jodi Foster signing on to produce/direct or even star (as Nyad's trainer Bonnie Stoll)?! Regardless of your interest in this project, I highly recommend viewing The Other Shore, which can be rented on Itunes. Excited to hear people's thoughts on the documentary as well as Meryl's conceivable participation in a feature film.
|Bonnie Stoll (left) and Diana Nyad (right)|