Along with being one hell of an actor in the likes of “Lady Bug,” “Homeland,” “The Big Short” and “The Post,” Tracy Letts is also a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and screenwriter whose stage works yielded “August: Osage County,” “Bug,” “Killer Joe” and the TV series “Superior Donuts”.
Letts decided to try something different recently and was hired to pen the script for Joe Wright’s film adaptation of A.J. Finn’s novel “The Woman in the Window”. Originally set for release last month, the Disney/Fox merger business and some reshoots led to the film being pushed back until a May 2020 release.
Speaking with The Playlist this week whilst doing “Ford vs. Ferrari” press, Letts got candid about his experience working on ‘Window’ and it doesn’t sound that great:
“It kind of sucked. I read the book and I thought, oh this will make a good movie, I can do this job. And then I got into the weeds of it. I was like, oh shit, this is hard. And I was also working with a lot of producers, a director and they had a lot of notes and it was hard.”
Letts says he eventually finished a script that everyone was happy with, but when the film was shown to an audience and they didn’t like it. As a result, there have been “some rewrites and re-shoots that I didn’t have anything to do with” and adds:
“We’ll see what happens… I felt we made the movie we set out to make, so I’m a little confused by that. But it’s a thriller and people have certain expectations about the way a thriller works… I haven’t seen the redone version and we’ll see what it looks like.”
Amy Adams, Julianne Moore, Gary Oldman, Anthony Mackie, and Brian Tyree Henry co-star in the film about an agoraphobic doctor who witnesses something she shouldn’t while keeping tabs on the seemingly picture-perfect Russell family which lives across the way.