Though Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges didn't wind up being a pair of Oscar winners this year-- we forgive you anyway, Sandra Bullock-- they were regular features on the awards circuit, constantly there to remind you how long you've loved watching them on the screen, and how awesome it must be to age that gracefully. I don't remember anyone demanding the two team up at the time, but someone should have, and thankfully we don't have to wait all that long for it to happen.

The Playlist picked up on a report in the print edition of Production Weekly that says Streep and Bridges are closing deals to team up in Great Hope Springs, a drama about a couple entering an intense weekend counseling session to determine the fate of their marriage. Philip Seymour Hoffman had apparently been considering the role of the counselor, but he'll be busy founding a religion in Paul Thomas Anderson's next film, so they'll have to seek out some other incredibly talented actor to take his place. With two leads like this already set, it shouldn't be too hard.

The film will be directed by Jessie Nelson, whose last directing effort was 2001's Oscar bait I Am Sam but who also, somewhat inexplicably, wrote the fairly terrible comedies Fred Claus and Because I Said So. Nelson didn't write the script for this one-- that duty went to TV writer Vanessa Taylor-- so I guess we should consider that a bullet dodged. Neither Streep nor Bridges has any particularly large commitments at the moment so I wouldn't be surprised to see this one start coming together quickly. Frankly, I can barely wait.

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