Reitman, Cody reteam on ‘Young Adult’

Posted by · 9:02 pm · August 2nd, 2010

Jason Reitman announced shortly after last season’s “Up in the Air” bonanza that his company had acquired the rights to Joyce Maynard’s novel “Labor Day.” But it turns out that, while he’s hard at work on drafts of that adaptation, another original script from “Juno” scribe Diablo Cody is what’s on deck for the director.

Mike Fleming reports at Deadline that Cody’s “Young Adult” is being set up through John Malkovich’s Mr. Mudd production company for Reitman’s next gig behind the camera. 2007’s Oscar-winning “Juno” was also set up through Mr. Mudd.

Charlize Theron is set to star as “a ghostwriter of young adult novels who realizes she has no identity with her pseudonym and plots to reclaim her identity,” Fleming writes. “Her campaign involves going back and rekindling a relationship with her high school boyfriend–who’s freshly married, is a new father, and wants no part of her.”  Reitman, meanwhile, compared the material to “To Die For” when we exchanged emails.  Sounds exciting.  He plans to go right into production on “Labor Day” after this project.

Check out the rest of the story at Deadline.

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  • 1 8-05-2010 at 2:59 pm

    m1 said...

    Duplicity was an 8/10 movie. It obviously wasn’t perfect, but it was fun, engaging, and different. Julia Roberts and Clive Owen were highlights bringing tension and chemistry near-perfectly.

    All About Steve, on the other hand, was hideous. Nothing was noteworthy, and talented actors like Bullock, Cooper, and Haden Church were wasted. The lead character was annoying, and the whole plot stretched plausibility to the extreme. Is there anyone who acts like ANY of these characters?

    So, all in all, Duplicity is better than All About Steve. Thank you for reading.

  • 2 8-05-2010 at 8:34 pm

    MovieMan said...

    James D.: I don’t see every movie either. On average, I see around 190. I base seeing movies on whether they’re wide releases or not. If they are limited, then I review them as soon as they open in over 800 theaters (i.e. reviewing “The Hurt Locker” at least two weeks after everyone else started to review it). So I can get what you’re saying: I review what is made available to me. Do I regret missing films? Why, yes. I sadly missed four or five high-profile Oscar-bait movies in 2007, but saw “Bratz” and “Norbit.” I review movies I KNOW people will see, though that certainly doesn’t mean I automatically give them good reviews or anything. I think any movie is worth giving a crap about, because there are lots of surprises out there for us to take a chance on. But yes, there are CERTAINLY large piles of poop that pass as movies out there as well that would best be avoided. I guess what I’m trying to say is: You simply CANNOT pass judgment on a film before you’ve seen it. I didn’t specifically take offense at you not seeing them; just at you rallying against them without ultimately having any idea of what your talking about.

    P.S. “Twilight” may be innocuous, but it’s a hell of a lot better than “Transformers.” “Eclipse” was outright good. Grouping them together seems ridiculous to me. Just saying.

  • 3 8-05-2010 at 8:42 pm

    MovieMan said...

    m1: “Is there anyone who acts like ANY of these characters?” I asked myself the same question when seeing it. That Bullock’s character in the film is viewed as a saint-like deity, when in fact she was ultimately a creepy stalker, was unforgivable. But the film was laughably bad, rather than soulless, so there is at least half a star of worth there.

    “Duplicity,” for me, WAS soulless. When you stood back from all the smug, self-serious stylizations (ooo, zooming split screens, look at how awesome we are!), the film was about as interesting as watching paint dry. In fact, it was less interesting. And I don’t believe that Owen or Roberts had any chemistry whatsoever. In fact, if anything, their chemistry was sucked out of the movie by the five-minute mark. Ultimately, Tony Gilroy’s efforts were about as productive as an asteroid collision with the earth’s crust.