Swedish director Björn Runge, who just directed Death of a Salesman at the Göteborg City Theatre, will soon switch to the screen, directing the unravelling of a marriage in an adaptation of US author Meg Wolitzer’s bestselling novel The Wife, starring US actressGlenn Close.
The film will shoot with both English and Swedish dialogues primarily in Stockholm during winter/spring 2015, staged by US producer Rosalie Swedlin, for Anonymous Content, with Danish producer Meta Louise Foldager, for Meta Film Stockholm, and Swedish producers Maria Dahlin and Gila Bergqvist Ulfung.
Scripted by award-winning US screenwriter Jane Anderson (The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom), The Wife is a drama observing the relationship of a married couple as it falls apart during their trip to the Nobel Prize ceremony in Stockholm.
“When I first read it, I was instantly inspired by the story of love, creativity and the larger-than-life secret that Joan and Joe, the main characters, are sharing. With Glenn Close, I am convinced that directing the film will be a creatively wonderful and challenging experience,” said Runge.
Six times nominated for an Oscar, including for her roles in Dangerous Liaisons (1988),Fatal Attraction (1987), The Big Chill (1983) and The World According to Garp (1982), Close has already performed in four films this year, and she will shortly start the fifth, US director Stephen Herek’s The Great Gilly Hopkins.
Runge’s Daybreak (2003) won a Silver Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival and received two Guldbagge Awards, Sweden’s national film prize. His Mouth to Mouth (2005) was nominated for the Nordic Council Film Prize, and he most recently made Happy End(2005), which was also awarded a Guldbagge.