DiCaprio and Kate Winslet in a scene from the 1997 smash 'Titanic' in
an image courtesy of Paramount.[Reuters]|
Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, who played
ill-fated lovers in the 1997 smash
hit "Titanic," are reuniting for a drama about postwar disillusionment, the
DreamWorks movie studio said on Friday.
"Revolutionary Road" will be
directed by Winslet's husband, British filmmaker Sam Mendes, who won an Oscar
for directing 1999's dysfunctional family drama "American Beauty."
The DreamWorks project, based on the 1961 novel by Richard Yates, revolves
around a suburban couple caught between their hopes for a life of art, culture
and sophistication and the everyday drudgery of boring jobs and domesticity.
"Revolutionary Road" is considered a master work of modern American
literature, and was named one of the top 100 novels of all time by Time
In "Titanic," DiCaprio's working-class character fell in love with a wealthy
socialite played by Winslet aboard the doomed ocean liner that sank in the icy
North Atlantic in 1912.
It became the highest-grossing
movie of all time, raking in more than $1.8 billion in global ticket sales, and
made DiCaprio and Winslet household names.
Both DiCaprio and Winslet were nominated for Oscars this year, for thriller
"Blood Diamond" and drama "Little Children," respectively. DiCaprio has earned
three Oscar nominations and Winslet five.
DreamWorks is a unit of Viacom Inc.'s Paramount Pictures.