For their next trick,* Scott McGeehee and David Siegel will be adapting Henry James‘ timeless novel What Maisie Knew to a modern day setting.
In the original novel young Maisie is ordered to spend alternate six month periods with each of her divorced parents. As the shuttling back and forth goes on and on, Maisie sees her parents take new spouses, then secret lovers, and quickly, the web of dysfunction grows and grows.
According to Bang Showbiz, the contemporary version will see Julianne Moore and Steve Coogan as the rivalrous parents:
Julianne will play a rock star with Steve playing her art dealing former spouse.
Rock starring and art dealing are pretty high on the list of movieable jobs. Not up there with secret agent or screenwriter, but getting there.
No casting yet for Maisie.
Four films in and the only thing that unifies my experience with the work of Scott McGeehee and David Siegel is the sense of disappointment that has accompanied each screening. The shiny surfaces of Suture gave way like a soap bubble bursting just through my looking at it; The Deep End was drab cover version of Max Ophuls; Bee Season mystified me with its tangled mumbo jumbo; Uncertainty went even deeper into a shadowy pseud’s corner.
I think they’d very possibly see themselves as spiritual filmmakers, which can get my skeptic’s heckles up, I’d have to admit. Mainly though, it’s been McGeehee and Siegel’s stylistic choices that grounded me, time and again.
*There’s only tricks.