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 with two children in the mid-1950s who find themselves caught between their true desires and the pressure to conform — 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. “As one of the most venerated post-war American novels, it is both fitting and thrilling that it’s come together with this extraordinary group of artists,” Rudin said. BBC films topper David Thompson bought the rights to the book and developed the project with Hart. 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. DreamWorks prexy of production Adam Goodman said the project reps an “extraordinary combination of three very special talents.” 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.