It’s been more than 30 years since Buck Henry (along with Calder Willingham) adapted the screenplay for “The Graduate” from Charles Webb’s novel, and now Henry and Webb have reunited. The duo has collaborated on the screenplay for the upcoming feature “Bathing Suits,” to be financed and produced by Gotham-based GreeneStreet Films, which produced last summer’s “Illuminata.”
“Buck and Charles’ script subtly challenges some unsettling, conservative trends in our country,” said John Penotti of GreeneStreet. “Like ‘The Graduate,’ this script melds marvelous understated comedy and some stinging social commentary.”
“Bathing Suits” is also a coming-of-age tale, centering on a young girl caught in the middle of custody and censorship battles.
“I think this story has a lot of the feeling of ‘The Graduate,'” said Henry, “the sublime and the ridiculous in equal measures.”
Curtis Clayton, who edited Gus Van Sant’s “Drugstore Cowboy” and “To Die For” and has directed short films, will make his feature debut with “Bathing Suits.” Pic will be produced by GreeneStreet partners Penotti and Fisher Stevens, along with Cathy Main of Cheesman/Main.
Henry is repped by William Morris.