Will “August: Osage” Get A Happy Ending?

According to a 9.11 Steven Zeitchik story in the L.A. Times, John Wells and Tracy Letts‘ “August: Osage County” ends with those mushy, inconclusive shots of Julia Roberts‘ Barbara character driving away in a pickup truck instead of Meryl Streep‘s Violet sitting in her home all alone (which is how the play ended) because — get this — plebians in test screenings didn’t like the Streep ending and “they were terrified about what happened to Barbara,” says Wells. Zeitchik’s story says that Wells and Letts were/are for the original ending, but the producers and the Weinstein Co. are in favor of the pickup-truck ending. Presumably that includes Herr Harvey.

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