Duo together again for Revolutionary
Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet are teaming for the first time since Titanic to star in DreamWorks’ Revolutionary Road.
Sam Mendes will direct the pic, based on the acclaimed 1961 novel by Richard Yates about post-war disillusionment.
John N. Hart, Scott Rudin, Bobby Cohen and Mendes, who’s married to Winslet, will produce in association with BBC Films.
Yates’ heart-rending and bleak tome, celebrated for its storytelling style, follows a seemingly happy suburban couple â€” with two children in the mid-1950s who find themselves caught between their true desires and the pressure to conform â€” with explosive consequences.
Mendes begins lensing this summer from an adapted screenplay by scribe Justin Haythe, said DreamWorks chair-CEO Stacey Snider.
Paramount Pictures has worldwide rights.
Winslet and DiCaprio have each worked continuously since 1997’s Titanic, but never together. Road marks the first time that Mendes has directed either star.
DiCaprio most recently starred in Blood Diamond and The Departed, both from Warner Bros. Road marks his second DreamWorks project after Steven Spielberg’s 2002 Catch Me If You Can.
Winslet also had a busy 2006, starring in Little Children, a story about modern-day suburban angst, The Holiday and All The King’s Men.
Mendes has longtime ties to DreamWorks, having directed his first film, American Beauty, there. He also directed Road To Perdition for the studio and is producing two DreamWorks films that will be released later this year, Things We Lost In The Fire and The Kite Runner.
Upcoming films from DreamWorks include laffer Blades Of Glory and summer tentpole Transformers.
DiCaprio is repped by the Firm. Winslet and Mendes are both repped by Creative Artists Agency. Haythe (The Clearing) also is repped by CAA.