Director Mike Nichols has been chosen to receive the 38th American Film Institute’s life-achievement award.
Nichols, whose films include “The Graduate,” “Working Girl,” “Silkwood” and “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”, will receive the AFI honor at a ceremony next summer. The 77-year-old Nichols joins past AFI award recipients such as “Virginia Woolf” star Elizabeth Taylor, “Silkwood” star Meryl Streep and “Graduate” star Dustin Hoffman.
Nichols’ most recent film was 2007’s “Charlie Wilson’s War,” starring Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts. He also is a Tony Award-winning stage director and made the Emmy-winning miniseries “Angels in America.” (AP)
Last we heard, Mike Nichols may be set to direct the remake of Kurosawa’s High and Low, with Scorsese producing and David Mamet re-adapting back into English (the 1963 original was based on a novel by Ed McBain). More recently, Nichols has been name-dropped in connection with Deep Water, based on Patricia Highsmith’s involving a Mike Nichols specialty: tangled marital arrangements:
In “Deep Water,” a couple in a loveless marriage hang on through an arrangement whereby the husband permits the wife to take lovers. Suspense builds as those lovers begin dying.