At first, it was getting a killer third party -- Philip Seymour Hoffman -- as the doctor. However, word has it there are scheduling issues that have the cast down one doc. However, there's a bright side. They might be up one hell of a director.
As deal-making on the feature continues, The Wrap has learned that Mike Nichols has begun talks to helm the feature. Right now, it's an unconfirmed bit of news from "an individual familiar with the project," and representatives for the main players wouldn't confirm the negotiations. This is, of course, understandable as talks continue. Only days ago, Jessie Nelson was linked to the job. While she's been writing over the last decade -- films like Because I Said So and Fred Claus -- you might remember her last directorial stab, the 2001 drama I Am Sam.
While I'd love to see a two-woman team behind the scenes crafting a great film with Streep and Bridges, Nichols has a wonderful talent for making sentimentality grounded and honest, rather than sweetly saccharine, and I'd just love to see what he does with this duo. Of course, he has worked with Streep on a number of occasions in the past, but along with Bridges, this should open up a whole new world.
Now for the doctor. Would it be wrong to hope for a reunion with Dustin Hoffman?