Producer of Award-winning 'La La Land' to Bring 'Oslo' to the Big Screen

25 years following the signing of the peace accords, a Broadway play centered on the Norwegian negotiation coordinators to be adapted for the screen

Nirit Anderman
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The Israeli and Palestinian negotiators of the Broadway play "Oslo", New York.
The Israeli and Palestinian negotiators of the Broadway play "Oslo", New York.Credit: Lincoln Center Theater
Nirit Anderman

Prolific "La La Land" producer Marc Platt is to work on a film about the Oslo peace accords, 25 years after the accords were originally signed. 

According to a report by The Hollywood Reporter, the new movie will be an adaptation of the political Broadway play "Oslo," that the New York Times called “an against-the-odds story of international peacemaking, as expansive and ambitious as any in recent Broadway history.” 

Oslo is a political thriller that tells the story of two Norwegian diplomats, husband-and-wife team Mona Juul and Terje Rod-Larsen, who coordinated the secret negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, which culminated in the historic handshake between Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat on the lawn of the White House in 1993.

The movie will be directed by Tony Award winner Bartlett Sher, who also directed the stage production in New York. J.T. Rogers, who wrote the play, is currently busy turning it into a screenplay.

“This is a very verbal story, based on an idea, but it’s also very powerful in a visual sense,” said Rogers in an interview with the Hollywood Reporter. He noted that even before he wrote the stage version he’d considered writing it for the cinema. “I always thought of doing that, and it will be fascinating to now approach this from a very different angle. It’s exciting for me to be able to restore parts that I had to cut out for the stage version, as well as adding things like shots of a man and woman arriving from the Middle East after traveling all night in a taxi. These are powerful images in a story such as this one.”

Meanwhile, Mor Lushi and Daniel Sivan, who created the Ophir Prize-winning film Censored Voices, are completing their new documentary, called The Oslo Diaries. The film reveals for the first time the diaries of Israeli and Palestinian participants in the secret talks that preceded the signing of the Oslo accords.