Robert De Niro & Meryl Streep Reunite in 'The Good House' Adaptation
by Ethan Anderton
August 6, 2013
After starring in The Deer Hunter, Falling in Love and Marvin's Room, Oscar winners Robert De Niro and Meryl Streep will reunite for the first time in 16 years for The Good House, an adaptation of the Ann Leary novel of the same name. FilmNation has landed the rights to the novel about Hildy Good (Streep) a recovering alcoholic in New England whose life is thrown into upheaval after becoming friends with Rebecca McCallister, a woman who becomes the subject of the town gossip. But things might get a bit easier when Hildy fires up an old romance with Frank Getchell (De Niro) who has always been a straight-shooter.
Here's a more detailed synopsis of the book:
Hildy Good is a townie. A lifelong resident of an historic community on the rocky coast of Boston’s North Shore, she knows pretty much everything about everyone. Hildy is a descendant of one of the witches hung in nearby Salem, and is believed, by some, to have inherited psychic gifts. Not true, of course; she’s just good at reading people. Hildy is good at lots of things. A successful real-estate broker, mother and grandmother, her days are full. But her nights have become lonely ever since her daughters, convinced their mother was drinking too much, staged an intervention and sent her off to rehab. Now she’s in recovery—more or less.
Alone and feeling unjustly persecuted, Hildy needs a friend. She finds one in Rebecca McCallister, a beautiful young mother and one of the town’s wealthy newcomers. Rebecca feels out-of-step in her new surroundings and is grateful for the friendship. And Hildy feels like a person of the world again, as she and Rebecca escape their worries with some harmless gossip, and a bottle of wine by the fire—just one of their secrets.
But not everyone takes to Rebecca, who is herself the subject of town gossip. When Frank Getchell, an eccentric local who shares a complicated history with Hildy, tries to warn her away from Rebecca, Hildy attempts to protect her friend from a potential scandal. Soon, however, Hildy is busy trying to cover her own tracks and protect her reputation. When a cluster of secrets become dangerously entwined, the reckless behavior of one threatens to expose the other, and this darkly comic novel takes a chilling turn.
De Niro is also producing the film through his Tribeca Productions banner, and it wouldn't be surprising if the film ended up premiering at his festival next year. Michael Cunningham, the author of The Hours (which featured Streep in the film adaptation), is adapting the book for the big screen and producing Jane Rosenthal couldn't be more thrilled with the prospect of this project coming together. She says, "When I read the book, I was only sorry it ended – but so thrilled that we’ll be able to bring it to the screen with Meryl Streep as the irresistible Hildy." Could we be looking at a future Oscar contender?