Ang Lee Plays A Little Game


Focus Features co-chair James Schamus has revived A Little Game — months after the project imploded — and brought in frequent collaborator Ang Lee to direct.

Variety reports that the project is expected to be Lee’s next after Lust, Caution. “Game” will mark his third straight film for Focus after Brokeback Mountain and Lust, Caution.

Schamus is rewriting the romantic comedy, an adaptation of a French play called “A Little Game of Consequence.” It centers on a happily engaged Brooklyn couple who decide to play an experiment on their friends; when a rumor goes around that they have broken up, they play along to find out what their pals really think of their coupling.

Jim Carrey and Cameron Diaz had been set to play the leads, but they abruptly exited the project weeks before it was set to begin filming in early October amid concerns about the quality of the script.

Focus dismissed director Gabriele Muccino (The Pursuit of Happyness), but Schamus remained committed to getting the project off the ground.