Meryl Streep, Diablo Cody Teaming For Rocker Drama Ricky And The Flash
An exceptionally told story can be enough to get a movie picked up by a studio. But it always helps if that project also has three Academy Award winners attached to it. Such is the case with the oddly-named Ricky and the Flash, a drama that Silence of the Lambs director Jonathan Demme would direct from a script written by Juno’s Diablo Cody, with Meryl Streep set to take on the leading role. How much do you want to bet this one doesn’t get dumped into a January release date?
No production company is attached yet, but producers, including Mark Platt (Demme’s Rachel Getting Married), are currently shopping the project around to larger studios that are capable of financing. It’s a good tactic, as this trio will almost certainly deliver something critically acclaimed, and TheWrap reports the two studios that have shown interest in Ricky and the Flash are Universal and Fox 2000.
There is music at the center of Ricky and the Flash, but don’t expect a full-blown musical like Streep’s upcoming adaptation of Into the Woods. She would play a woman who deserted her family in her youth so that she could try her hand at becoming a rich and famous rock star. Now years beyond that career dream, she chooses to reconnect with her estranged family, including a child who is going through a troublesome divorce.
Streep is no stranger to bringing families together in complicated dramas, as she was just nominated for an Academy Award earlier this month for her role as a judgmental mother in John Wells’ August: Osage County. Her next few films deal with completely different subject matter, as she’s starring in Tommy Lee Jones’ pioneer drama The Homesman and Phillip Noyce’s adaptation of Lois Lowry’s classic dystopian novel The Giver, and Streep is currently filming Sarah Gavron’s feminist period piece Suffragette.
Demme, who worked with Streep on the disappointing remake of The Manchurian Candidate, most recently directed a sci-fi pilot for AMC titled Line of Sight, but the network decided not to pick it up. He also directed a new stage adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s classic play The Master Builder, retitled Fear of Falling. Catch a bit of the premiere with Demme and Wallace Shawn, who re-adapted the play for the stage.
Cody, meanwhile, released her directorial debut Paradise last year, and though it featured quite a few marquee names, it failed to gain much of an audience. And even the audiences that saw it weren’t that impressed. But we’re still putting all of our Cody eggs in Ricky and the Flash’s basket for now. Will you?
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