Independent producers Permut Presentations and Reunion Pictures have developed “Tracy and Hepburn” with David Rambo writing the script. Story would follow the relationship between the two — from their meeting at MGM before making “Woman of the Year” in 1942 to Tracy’s death in 1967 after they worked on “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.”
Tracy died 17 days after shooting wrapped on “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.” Hepburn won her second of four Oscars for the performance.
Tracy remained married throughout the affair, which was kept private with both maintaining separate residences. Hepburn began speaking about the affair in the early 1980s.
Producers are David Permut, John Dayton and Lisa Richardson. Exec producers are Permut Presentation’s Chris Mangano, Reunion Pictures’ Tom Rowe and Matthew O’Connor.
Richardson told Variety that plans are to start shooting within the next 12 months and that producers are actively seeking a director and lead actors.
Rowe said that the idea of a Hepburn-Tracy project began to emerge in 1994 when he and Dayton worked with Hepburn on 1994’s “This Can’t Be Love,” which also starred Anthony Quinn.
Besides “Woman of the Year” and “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,” Tracy and Hepburn teamed on “Keeper of the Flame” (1942), “Sea of Grass” (1947), “State of the Union” (1948), “Adam’s Rib” (1949), “Pat and Mike” (1952) and “Desk Set” (1957).
Hepburn died in 2003 at the age of 96.
Rambo’s credits include “CSI” and “Revolution.” Reunion is exec producing a reboot of “Blade Runner” with Ridley Scott and Alcon. Permut recently produced “Match” with Patrick Stewart, Carla Gugino and Matthew Lillard.
The news was first reported on Deadline.com.