After reading an adorable account in The New York Times of the mighty Wallace Shawn and André Gregory‘s latest, long-overdue film project, one question stood above the rest: Does this mean Shawn’s guest spot on Gossip Girl will be diminished even further? We perish the thought. Shawn and Gregory, are, of course, the duo behind My Dinner with Andre, a 1982 art house experiment that his since been elevated to the platform of modern classic.
For their second team-up, the duo tackled Chekhov, with the loose Uncle Vanya interpretation, Vanya on 42nd Street.
And now, two of the most likeable intellectuals in rotation are translating another titan of the theater to the silver screen, and it’s positively mouthwatering. Wally and André Shoot Ibsen will be their idiosyncratic version of one of the Norwegian master’s most celebrated works, The Master Builder (Shawn adapted the play from its native Norwegian himself). Oscar-winning filmmaker Jonathan Demme will direct this romp through the bleak citadel of Ibsen’s obnoxious mind. And if Shawn and Gregory’s take is anything as entertaining as Shawn’s 2009 book, Essays, we have anything to worry about.
And we have great faith that it will be, especially since Shawn is now on record as having said that Ibsen is boring, and if we can trust anyone with the classics, it’s the truth-telling Wallace Shawn.