Following his Oscar win earlier this year for the adapted screenplay of “Call Me By Your Name,” legendary filmmaker James Ivory has now set his next effort – penning the new film “The Judge’s Will” for Alexander Payne.
Based on a 2014 New Yorker article, it deals with the end of a relationship between an ailing Delhi judge and his Bombay wife. Each had separate lives, despite living under the same roof. As he nears death, the judge wants to be sure that his even younger, barely educated mistress is cared for and not cast out.
Ivory intends to turn in his draft by year’s end with the story being shifted to Chicago. The award winner’s choice to come onboard isn’t that unusual. The original article was penned by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, the Booker Prize-winning novelist who served as screenwriter on 23 films Ivory directed in a long partnership with producer Ismael Merchant.
These include “The Remains of the Day,” “A Room with a View ” and “Howards End” which are all considered cinematic masterpieces. “The Judge’s Will” was the last article she wrote before she died. The project is set up at Fox Searchlight with Payne, Jim Burke, Jim Taylor, Jeremy Steckler and Dawn Ostroff all set to produce.