Cast, helmer set for Miller play adaptation

Barry Levinson is attached to direct Anthony LaPaglia, Scarlett Johansson and Frances McDormand in a bigscreen adaptation of Arthur Miller’s play “A View From the Bridge.” Rob Fried is producing with Melanie Johansson.

LaPaglia, who won a Tony for his run in a Broadway revival of the play, has been the catalyst behind the film, obtaining permission from Miller, who died last week, to license the play for the screen and enlisting Fried. LaPaglia also brought in screenwriter Andrew Bovell.

Fried said he has several offers for financing, with hopes to shoot the film this year. Deals won’t be made until the financing is in place.

LaPaglia will reprise his role as Brooklyn longshoreman Eddie, whose infatuation with his niece strains his relationship with his wife and ultimately creates a scandal when the teenager falls for a cousin from Sicily.

A version of the play was filmed once before by director Sidney Lumet in 1961 under the title “Vu du pont.”

“We will keep it in its original period and shoot it in Red Hook, Brooklyn, which still looks remarkably the same as it did in the 1950s,” said Fried, who most recently exec produced “Collateral” and just produced New Line’s “The Man.”

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