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Millennium Snags Rights to 'The Humbling,' Directed by Barry Levinson from Philip Roth's Novel

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by Ryan Lattanzio
February 4, 2014 11:57 AM
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Philip Roth Richard Drew, AP

Millennium Films has just picked up worldwide rights to Barry Levinson's "The Humbling," adapted from now-retired novelist Philip Roth's 2009 book of the same name. Currently in post-production and seeking US distribution, the film stars Al Pacino, Diane Wiest, Greta Gerwig and Kyra Sedgewick.

"The Humbling" tells the story of an aging actor who has an affair with a lesbian woman half his age at a secluded country house in Connecticut. In typical Rothian fashion, the relationship takes unusual turns as people from their past surface and chaos ensues.

The film version is a Baltimore Pictures production that continues the collaboration of Levinson and Pacino, who worked together on "Wag the Dog" in 1997. Roth is the author of the brilliant nightmare panorama of the 1970s "American Pastoral," "The Human Stain" and "Portnoy's Complaint," among dozens of other works.

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