Two movies that have been batted around for some time have just made significant moves forward. First there’s Motor City, a film that was on the 2009 Black List, has only one line of dialogue in the entire thing, and is about a crook who is framed and dead set on revenge when he gets out. Albert Hughes will reportedly direct the film for Warner Bros. and he, along with producer Joel Silver, have offered Chris Evans as the lead.

Then there’s Lamb of God, Diablo Cody‘s directorial debut about a young religious girl who loses her faith and heads to Las Vegas. Russell Brand has reportedly been offered the co-starring male lead in the film. Read more about both these projects after the break. Read More »


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We’ve been hearing about the next Jason ReitmanDiablo Cody collaboration, Young Adult, for over a year now, and with each tidbit of news I’ve become more and more eager to see the film. And now that the release date has finally been announced, I finally know when I’ll actually get to watch it.

The film stars Charlize Theron as a writer who returns to her hometown in order to win back her high school sweetheart (Patrick Wilson). But don’t be fooled by the romcom-esque premise — Cody herself has described the project as “pretty serious and fucked up.” Hit the jump for details on the project, including the release date.

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Diablo Cody Rewriting ‘Evil Dead’ Remake

Yesterday when I wrote about the fact that FedericoFede’ Alvarez is directing the remake of The Evil Dead, our tweet of the article was quickly retweeted by Diablo Cody, with a little note: “Go Fede!” I thought that was slightly unusual, but was in the middle of a bunch of other stuff and didn’t think about it for more than a few seconds. Scoop possibility lost! Because Diablo Cody isn’t just interested in the project as a fan. She’s rewriting it! A press release just went out announcing that the film is really, truly happening, and it includes that new detail. Find that after the break. Read More »

Diablo Cody to Direct ‘Lamb of God’

Briefly: Diablo Cody and Mandate Pictures have collaborated twice in the past: on Juno, for which she won a screenwriting Oscar, and on Young Adult, which Jason Reitman recently directed based on her script. Now the company is backing her directorial debut, a film she also wrote called Lamb of God. Read More »

Paramount Pictures has released the official one-pager for Jason Reitman‘s upcoming film Young Adult starring Charlize Theron, Patton Oswalt, and Patrick Wilson. I’ve heard good things coming out of the test screenings in Southern California, including praise for Theron, Oswalt and Diablo Cody‘s screenplay (which has been described as completely different than any of her past work). No release date has been announced, but I would assume that the film will premiere at the Toronto Film Festival in September, as that has been the debut venue for Retiman’s last couple films. The fact that Paramount had uploaded a one-pager also hints that they are probably planning to release the first image from the film soon. Hit the jump to find out more about the film.
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Jason Reitman‘s next film Young Adult stars Charlize Theron as a young adult novelist who returns to her hometown to try to rekindle the relationship with her high school sweetheart (Patrick Wilson), who is happily married with kids. Written by Diablo Cody, the film is said to be nothing like the previous Reitman/Cody collaboration Juno. I haven’t seen the movie yet, although I have heard from a couple people who have.The consensus so far is the movie is really solid, well written, and has great performances from Theron and Patton Oswalt, but mainstream audiences might have trouble liking the protagonist who is unsympathetic and… well, almost completely unlikable.

Jason Reitman recently spoke at Wake Forest University’s Reynolda Film Festival in Winston-Salem, NC, and told the audience that Young Adult may be the most unlikable film he’ll ever make. Details after the jump.

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Could character actor J.K. Simmons be the secret to director Jason Reitman‘s impressive success? Probably not — I’m guessing the real secret is something like “hard work” or “talent” — but Simmons has appeared in all of Reitman’s works to date, leading Simmons to jokingly refer to himself as Reitman’s “good luck charm.” Simmons recently revealed that there would be a part for him in Reitman’s next film as well, the Diablo Cody-penned Young Adult. Read more details after the jump.

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As we’ve reported on the quick pre-production and casting of Young Adult, written by Diablo Cody and to be directed by Jason Reitman, there has been no studio involved. But with those two behind the camera and Charlize Theron in as the lead, it didn’t take much to assume that someone would bite quickly. Now Paramount has bought rights to the film. Read More »