Elaine May has signed on to helm a PBS documentary about Mike Nichols, the Oscar-winning director of “The Graduate” and her old comedy partner.
May will revisit Nichols’ career — which also includes directing credits for the films “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?,” “Silkwood,” “Working Girl,” “The Birdcage” and “Closer” — in the first episode of “American Masters'” 30th season, to air on January 29, 2016. Nichols was also a celebrated theater director and won his ninth directing Tony in 2012 for a revival of “Death of a Salesman” starring Philip Seymour Hoffman.
He died last fall at age 83.
The prolific director first became famous in the ’50s as one half of the comedy team Nichols & May, which released three albums, the first of which won a Grammy.
May’s last directing credit is 1985’s “Ishtar.” She has also helmed the features “A New Leaf,” “The Heartbreak Kid” and “Mikey and Nicky.”
[via NY Times]