EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures and producers Walter Mirisch and Scott Rudin are planning a remake of the 1978 romantic comedy Same Time, Next Year. They are negotiating with Mark and Jay Duplass to write the script, with an eye toward directing the film. The Robert Mulligan-directed original starred Alan Alda and Ellen Burstyn. She’s a housewife, he’s an accountant and they meet by chance at a romantic inn over a dinner. Even though they are married to others, they have a one night stand and then they get together once a year to rekindle the sparks. Over the course of time, the relationship becomes complex as they develop an intimate relationship as they discuss what is going on with their lives at home.
Jay and Mark Duplass most recently collaborated as writers and directors of the Jason Segel-Ed Helms comedy Jeff, Who Lives At Home, and before that Cyrus, Baghead and The Puffy Chair. Mark Duplass also stars in the FX series The League and just signed on for a role in Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty. He also stars in and exec produced Safety Not Guaranteed and the Alex Kurtzman-directed People Like Us. In addition, he stars in and co-produced Your Sister’s Sister, which opens Friday. They are repped by ICM Partners.