The ever-busy Duplass brothers have signed with Universal to remake the 1978 film "Same Time, Next Year," with Scott Rudin set to produce along with original producer, nonagenarian Walter Mirisch.
While "Jeff Who Lives at Home" was distributed via Paramount Vantage, and "Cyrus" with Fox Searchlight, "Same Time, Next Year" will mark the first full-on studio outing for the indie-hailing Duplasses (major studio, plus remake). With any luck, "Same Time" will retain some of the genuine talent displayed in the first Duplass feature, "The Puffy Chair," and lose the Miranda July-lite arbitrary quirkiness of "Jeff Who Lives at Home." What they are really good at is getting the best out of actors in intimate settings, and that's what this movie is about. (It's also what movies are doing too little of these days, writes the NYT.)
1978's "Same Time, Next Year" was directed by Robert Mulligan, and stars Allen Alda and Ellen Burstyn as an accountant and married housewife who have a one-night stand, and then agree to meet once a year in an attempt to maintain the relationship.
The Duplasses have their fingers in many indie pies (see "Safety Not Guaranteed," "Your Sister's Sister" and "Black Rock"), and it makes perfect sense that talent-bloodhound Rudin would glom onto them. They say they plan to balance big-studio and indie ventures such as the upcoming Searchlight pick-up "The Do-Deca-Pentathlon." (See TOH's interview here.)