New Trailer for 'August: Osage County' Which Might Get New Ending
After premiering at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, the drama August: Osage County, adapted from the play of the same name, will hit theaters in early November. Though the film itself hasn't been getting praised left and right, the performances have been getting the kind of acclaim we'd expect from a cast featuring Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Chris Cooper, Margot Martindale, and Benedict Cumberbatch. Now a new trailer has arrived for the film produced by George Clooney, Grant Heslov and Harvey Weinstein, but the film might get a change before it hits theaters. More below!
First, here's the new trailer for John Wells' August: Osage County, originally from Yahoo:
We're going to venture into major spoiler territory here, so if you haven't seen the play or just don't want to know the ending of the drama, steer clear of the rest of this post. You've been warned.
The play ends with the pill-addicted matriarch Violet (Meryl Streep), left alone in her house, mumbling to herself. That scene is still in the film, but following is a shot of Barbara (Roberts), the eldest daughter, driving away from the house and through Osage County, stopping to look at the landscape, finishing her story as well. It sounds like this is a better bookend, but maybe not as powerful and sad as the original ending. Supposedly that ending was used at one point, but it received poor test scores. The new ending tested much better, but critics and audiences at TIFF haven't responded very favorably to the new ending. And that response has writer and director John Wells rethinking their change. He told the LA Times:
"I’m not sure I’m OK with doing it that way. I don’t want to say there’s anything wrong with the current ending, because there isn’t. But it’s something we’re still talking about. We don’t open for three months, and it’s possible you’ll see something different.”
Supposedly Weinstein and the rest of the executives behind the film like the new Barbara-centric ending, and there's no telling if there will be a battle for the original ending or not. It doesn't sound like it adds or subtracts much from the film as a whole, but maybe it's the purists who love the story in the play who are raising the most hell about this new final shot. Audiences will have to wait and see how the film ends when it hits theaters in the fall.
August: Osage County is directed by John Wells, a producer/writer-turned-filmmaker whose feature debut was The Company Men, after directing episodes of "ER". The screenplay was written by playwright Tracy Letts, based on her own 2008 Pulitzer Prize winning play. The Weinstein Company will be distributing, and has August: Osage County set for limited release starting on November 8th this Oscar season. Look good?