In a recent interview with Collider.com, ‘Beautiful Creatures’ director Richard LaGravenese revealed that he is currently working on an indie film adaptation of the off-Broadway musical THE LAST FIVE YEARS. The show appeared off-Broadway in 2002 and will be revived at New York’s Second Stage Theatre this April.
The love story is all-sung and features just two characters. “[It’s] about a young man and young woman in their 20’s who meet, fall in love, get married and break up, all in the span of five years,” explains the director. “All of her songs start at the end of their relationship and go to the beginning, and all of his songs start at the beginning and go to the end…It goes back and forth like that.”
LaGravenese went on to reveal that Hollywood ‘It Girl’ Anna Kendrick is attached to play the female lead while the male role remains uncast. With a minimal budget of $2 million, the director explained that the indie film will be shot on digital with a quick 22-day production schedule. “It’s a really small thing. So, we’ll see,” he commented.
Written by Jason Robert Brown, The Last Five Years explores a five-year relationship between Jamie Wellerstein, a rising novelist, and Cathy Hyatt, a struggling actress. The show uses a form of storytelling in which Cathy’s story is told in reverse chronological order (beginning the show at the end of the marriage), and Jamie’s is told in chronological order (starting just after the couple have first met). The characters do not directly interact except for a wedding song in the middle as their timelines intersect.
Ugh, I can’t figure out whether or not to be excited about this.