Brothers Jay and Mark Duplass, who burst onto the scene in 2005 with their well-received indie The Puffy Chair, are now looking to put their talents to work on a remake. The Duplass brothers are in talks to write and possibly direct a redo of the 1978 rom-com Same Time, Next Year for Universal Pictures. The original starred Alan Alda and Ellen Burstyn as two people who develop an extramarital affair with each other in which they meet up once a year to rekindle the sparks. Over the years, the two catch up on each other’s lives and develop a deeper and more complex relationship. Hit the jump for more.
With features like Jeff, Who Lives At Home and Cyrus, the Brothers Duplass have proven their knack for tackling relationships in a realistic and naturally funny way, so they seem a nice fit to spearhead a new version of Same Time, Next Year. Deadline reports that the two are in talks to write the screenplay “with an eye towards directing.” The two are also working on the screenplay adaptation of the drug trafficking comedy Mule for director Todd Phillips.
Mark Duplass also has a burgeoning acting career, with a fantastic regular turn on the FX comedy series The League and roles in the upcoming indie Safety Not Guaranteed and Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty. No word on whether he might take a role in this remake, but I assume it’s too early to be talking casting.