EXCLUSIVE: Debra Winger and Tracy Letts are being set to play a husband and wife in the comedy The Lovers, which A24 will be financing, producing and distributing. The project, which is expected to go before cameras next month, is about a relationship gone bitterly bad between Michael and Mary; both have lovers who want them to get out of their marriage. However, when they sit down to call it quits, they find themselves suddenly, unexpectedly and even awkwardly falling back in love again.
The project, which is said to be a contemporary take on modern marriage, will be directed by Azazel Jacobs (Terri) from his own script. Ben LeClair and Chris Stinson are producing. Winger and Letts are in final negotiations.
This is the second project A24 is fully financing after Barry Jenkins’ coming-of-age film Moonlight (currently in post). The hotter-than-hot A24, whose taste in product — Amy, Room and Ex Machina — was awarded this year by Academy members, recently secured a $125M line of credit. The company has been taking advantage of that and actively funding and acquiring films and material (The Lobster, Free Fire, I Want My MTV). The Lovers looks like yet another choice headlined by two thesps who certainly have acting chops.
Winger is getting raves reviews for her work in the Netflix comedy The Ranch opposite Sam Elliott. She is repped by Gersh and Framework Entertainment.
Letts is a Tony- and Pulitzer-winning playwright (August: Osage County) and also won a Tony for his role as George in Edward Albee’s classic Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? He also was recently in The Big Short and, of course, Homeland. He is repped by Innovative Artists.
Jacobs, whose writing and directing credits include the film Momma’s Man and HBO’s sitcom Doll & Em, is repped by WME and Cinetic Media.