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In the Works: Duplass Bros. to Remake 1978's 'Same Time, Next Year' with Universal, Rudin Set to Produce

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood June 13, 2012 at 1:09PM

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.
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Jay and Mark Duplass
Jay and Mark Duplass

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.)

This article is related to: Universal, Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass, Scott Rudin, Walter Mirisch, IN THE WORKS, Universal/Focus Features


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.