Mark St. Germain (The God Committee) has adapted his play Freud's Last Session for the big screen. The film is set to star Oscar winner Anthony Hopkins and Emmy nominee Matthew Goode (The Crown). Production for the film is slated to begin in January 2023, according to Deadline.
On the eve of World War II, Sigmund Freud is nearing the end of his life when he invites author C.S. Lewis to debate the existence of God with him. Hopkins plays Freud with Goode playing opposite as Lewis in the work which also explores other facets of the two historical figures lives—including Freud’s relationship with his lesbian daughter Anna, and Lewis’ love affair with his best friend’s mother.
Matt Brown (The Man Who Knew Infinity) directs the drama.
Freud's Last Session originally premiered at Massachusetts' Barrington Stage Company in 2009. It then ran Off-Broadway at New World Stages in 2010.
Sony Pictures Classics has pre-bought the distribution rights to the Westend Films drama, produced by Alan Greisman (The Bucket List), Rick Nicita (Hacksaw Ridge), Meg Thomson (Siren) and Hannah Leader (Gosford Park). SPC has previously partnered with Hopkins as the distributor of his 2021 drama The Father, another play-to-film adaptation. Written by Florian Zeller and adapted by Christopher Hampton, The Father starred Hopkins as an 80-year-old man struggling with Alzheimer’s, with fellow Oscar winner Olivia Colman as Anne, his adult daughter at a crossroad between continuing to care for him and autonomy.