Bergman hitches up for ‘Marriage’ sequel

Ullman, Josephson to star in 'Thirty Years Later'

STOCKHOLM — Thirty years after making the classic “Scenes From a Marriage,” director Ingmar Bergman is reteaming with stars Liv Ullman and Erland Josephson for a sequel.

“Scenes From a Marriage: Thirty Years Later” will be produced next year by Swedish pubcaster SVT. The original, about the strains in the relationship between a husband and wife, was made by SVT in 1972 as a six-part TV series and then cut into a theatrical version for international release the following year.

It is not being disclosed if the new “Scenes” will be shot as a TV series or as a movie.

Most of those involved are trying to keep the details of the project under wraps. But Josephson confirmed to Daily Variety, “Yes, we’re going to do it. We start shooting in September next year, and I’m very much looking forward to it. It’s an exceptionally well-written script.”

Johan Mardell, head of SVT Fiction, confirmed that the 83-year-old Bergman has written a script, and that the production is being discussed by all involved.

Bergman’s last feature was “Fanny and Alexander” in 1986, and he has said he does not intend to make any more. But since then he has shot three telepics, mostly recently 1997’s “In the Presence of a Clown.”

Bergman and Josephson are working at the Royal Dramatic Theater in Stockholm.

Ullman is in pre-production on her forthcoming big-budget pic of the Norwegian musician “Ole Bull.” She hopes to have the script ready in a couple of months.

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