The iconic 1973 miniseries `Scenes from a Marriage,` written and directed by Swedish master filmmaker Ingmar Bergman, is getting the small-screen treatment, with a new English-language adaptation set for HBO and starring Michelle Williams and Oscar Isaac. The limited series will be helmed by `The Affair` co-creator Hagai Levi, along with Michael Ellenberg's Media Res and Endeavor Content, and executive-produced by Isaac.
The series will transport the '70s-set story of the Swedish original, which was condensed from its original six parts to a theater-friendly, three-hour movie in 1974, to America. Williams and Isaac will take on the roles originated by Liv Ullmann and Erland Josephson, respectively, who played an affluent married couple whose marriage is charted, from disintegration to reconciliation and back, across a decade. Bergman based the saga on his own experiences, including his longtime relationship with muse and partner Ullmann, to whom he was married from 1965 to 1970. The film has been an endless font of inspiration for filmmakers from Woody Allen to Richard Linklater and Ari Aster, and even turned out a sequel with 2003's `Saraband,` the last film by Ingmar Bergman, who died in 2007.
Oscar Isaac, meanwhile, last appeared on HBO in the limited series `Show Me a Hero` in 2015, which earned him a Golden Globe. His upcoming projects include roles in Denis Villeneuve's `Dune` reboot, and Paul Schrader's `The Card Counter.`
A `Scenes from a Marriage` remake has been in the works for years, and a longtime dream project of Michael Ellenberg. Recently, Hagai Levi co-created the Israeli-American HBO miniseries `Our Boys,` which aired to acclaim on the network last summer.
HBO has not set a start date for production on `Scenes from a Marriage.`