The biggest hit of the Telluride Film Festival was the surprise premiere of Jason Reitman‘s adaptation of Up in the Air. For those of you who missed it, you can read my glowing review here. George Clooney stars as Ryan Bingham, “a corporate downsizing expert whose cherished life on the road is threatened just as he is on the cusp of reaching ten million frequent flyer miles and just after he’s met the frequent-traveler woman of his dreams.” Despite what the official studio released plot synopsis might lead you to believe, this film is not exactly a romantic comedy, it is much more.
Paramount Pictures has provided /Film with the exclusive premiere of the first teaser trailer for Up in the Air, which is an alternative cut created by Reitman specifically for the internet. The teaser is based around a speech that Bingham gives at motivational speaking gigs. It’s a very Fight Club-esque philosophy — that the things you own, and the relationships you carry, end up owning you and weighing you down. And this is the key philosophy of Ryan Bingham, who lives his life traveling around the world, free of relationships, family or compromises. Watch the teaser trailer after the jump.
Up in the Air is currently scheduled to hit theaters on December 4th 2009.