THE­ATRE NOTE­BOOK

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IS IT TIME FOR FILM FOER?

THE JC re­cently re­vealed the first tan­ta­lis­ing hint about the con­tent of the first film to be made by the­atre di­rec­tor Si­mon McBur­ney — co-founder of the award-laden the­atre com­pany Com­plicite — and New York nov­el­ist Jonathan Safran Foer.

The think­ing is that Foer will write his de­but screen­play and McBur­ney, whose re­vival of Arthur Miller’s All My Sons, star­ring John Lith­gow, Katie Holmes and Dianne Wi­est, is cur­rently on Broad­way, will di­rect.

“Si­mon and Jonathan have been cor­re­spond­ing and meet­ing to make some­thing for the cin­ema that re­flects a shared vi­sion of the ab­sur­dity of our times — and the ab­sur­dity of time,” Com­plicite’s pro­ducer Ju­dith Di­mant tells the JC.

Di­mant also says that she is looking for fund­ing and that applications have been filed with the UK Film Coun­cil for de­vel­op­ment money to pro­duce Foer’s script. With tal­ents like Foer and McBur­ney on board, the coun­cil would be crazy not to grab the chance with both hands.

RIVERS CROSS­ING TO TV

in which the 75-year-old Rivers danced the hora in cel­e­bra­tion of get­ting her most hated foe, an ageist TV ex­ec­u­tive, sacked by falsely ac­cus­ing her of an­tisemitism. Now Rivers has had to can­cel the De­cem­ber re­turn of her play be­cause... a TV ex­ec­u­tive has un­ex­pect­edly given the go-ahead for her new sit­com. A case of life con­tra­dict­ing art.

OH THE irony. She starred in a hit au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal stage play, Joan Rivers — A Work In Progress By A Life In Progress,

Jonathan Safran Foer: film plans

Joan Rivers: play off, sit­com

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