John Wells: August: Osage County

November 24, 2013 Director Q&As in Los Angeles and New York

The reunion of a family of strong-willed women is the setting for Director John Wells’ comedic drama August: Osage County.

Based on Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play, August: Osage County tells the story of the Westons, an Oklahoma family whose three daughters (Julia Roberts, Juliette Lewis and Julianne Nicholson) are forced to reunite at a funeral and once again subject themselves to the miseries inflicted by their spiteful mother (Meryl Streep), a woman who delights in telling everyone around her exactly what she thinks, no matter how cruel.

Wells spoke about the challenges of mounting a film version of an award-winning play and working with an all-star cast in conversations with Special Projects Committee Chair Jeremy Kagan (Golda's Balcony) following the DGA membership screening in Los Angeles on November 17, and Director Robert Benton (Feast of Love) following the DGA membership screening in New York on November 24.

Wells’ other works include the feature film The Company Men and episodes of the television series Shameless and ER. He has been a member of the DGA since 1997.

Pictures & Video

photos by Tonya Wise (Los Angeles) and Donald Rasmussen (New York)  - print courtesy of The Weinstein Company

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