Al Pacino and Barry Levinson Team Up for Philip Roth Adaptation
06.13.11 by REELZ
Last week, we reported that Al Pacino may portray an aging rock star in Imagine. Now, it seems Pacino's schedule is continuing to fill with future projects — great news, since the 71-year-old star hasn't been in a theatrical release since 2008. Deadline reports that Pacino will team with director Barry Levinson (The Natural, Rain Man, Wag the Dog) in adapting Philip Roth's 2009 novel The Humbling.
Like Imagine, Roth's story involves a formerly great artist in decline and in search of rejuvenation. The Humbling sees Simon Axler, a noted stage actor in his 60s, suddenly lose both his talent and his favor in the public eye. After he slips into depression, his wife abandons him and he admits himself to a psychiatric ward. He eventually retreats to his home in upstate New York, where he begins a sexual courtship with a woman more than 20 years younger.
The project represents an on-going partnership between Pacino and Levinson, who also collaborated on the HBO movie You Don't Know Jack. Pacino's performance as recently deceased "suicide doctor" Jack Kevorkian earned a Golden Globe, an Emmy, and a SAG Award. Pacino and Levinson are also collaborating on Gotti: Three Generations, in which Pacino will play mobster Neil Dellacroce, although that project is currently getting a re-write.
No other casting decisions for The Humbling have been announced, although Levinson apparently wants to move quickly to cast the role of the younger woman. We'll let you know if we hear anything new.