Barry Levinson And Al Pacino Continue Bromance With Philip Roth Adaptation The Humbling

By Mack Rawden 2011-06-11 11:31:54discussion comments
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Hollywood is famous for its bromances. From Robert DeNiro and Martin Scorsese to Ron and Clint Howard to Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon, you write an itemized list that included hundreds, but that doesn't make it any less exciting when a new bromance emerges. Case in point: Barry Levinson and Al Pacino. The actor and director, aged 71 and 69, recently partnered for the Emmy-winning HBO movie You Don't Know Jack. Then Levinson convinced Pacino to join him in Gotti: Three Generations as famous mobster Aniello Delacroce. Now, they're set to adapt a Philip Roth novel to the big screen. What the hell is going to happen next weekend? Jet skiing? Rock climbing? Late night carousing?

The Philip Roth novel in question is called The Humbling, and it was released in 2009 to largely poor reviews. Exactly why Pacino and Levinson have set their sights on The Humbling is anyone's guess, but the word is Levinson himself, along with Michal Zebede and SNL favorite Buck Henry, have adapted the work and given it a bit of an overhaul. It follows an actor reeling from a string of bad stage performances. Depressed and without direction after his wife left, he begins an affair with a much younger former lesbian who acquiesces to all of his sexual fantasies.

According to Deadline, Millennium and Nu Image have prepped The Humbling for a start later this year, meaning Gotti: Three Generations will be pushed back to at least 2012. That's likely good news since the script reportedly needs a full overhaul. Until then, get excited about Al Pacino sleeping with a younger woman. Or don't. Either way, it's being filmed and will show up at the theater sometime next year.
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