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Briefly: The cast for The Sitter is shaping up. David Gordon Green is set to direct the R-rated comedy, and he’s already got Jonah Hill in the lead as a guy who gets roped into babysitting the children of a family friend. Naturally, things go very wrong. One of the problems is a drug deal that ends up with a pair of dealers chasing Jonah Hill and the kids all over Manhattan. One of the dealers will be played by J.B. Smoove (Curb Your Enthusiasm) and the other will now reportedly be brought to life by Sam Rockwell.

Great news, as far as I’m concerned. Rockwell is almost always an asset, and it doesn’t take any stretch to see how he’d be great as the comic antagonist in a film like this. And with Mr. Smoove as his partner? I like that a lot. In addition to Jonah Hill, Ari Graynor will be on hand (as the girl who motivates the drug buy) while Max Records (Where the Wild Things Are), and young actors Kevin Hernandez and Landry Bender play the three kids. [The Wrap]

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Earlier this year Jonah Hill agreed to star in The Sitter, a comedy in which Hill will play a college dropout who gets into more than he bargained for (like drug deals and car chases) when he agrees to babaysit the children of a family friend.

Now J.B. Smoove (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Max Records (Where the Wild Things Are) and new child actor Kevin Hernandez have all signed on. Read More »

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Jonah Hill has signed to star in The Sitter, a comedy described as Adventures in Babysitting meets Superbad. The story follows a suspended college student named Noah who gets talked into baby-sitting the eccentric kids next door — two boys and a wild 8-year-old girl.

Last year I had a chance to read an early draft I read was pretty great. The Adventures in Babysitting comparison is good, as it is basically an R-rated version of that film. For example, Noah drags the kids along while he stops at a drugdealer’s house to pick up some coke for a girl he is trying to get with. One of the boys ends up stealing something valuable from the drug dealer’s house which sets up a chain of events which just keep snowballing in scale and hilarity.

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You might remember a little film we absolutely loved at last year’s Sundance Film Festival called The Wackness. Sony Pictures Classics did a horrible job marketing the flick, and the movie went largely unnoitced. If you havent yet seen The Wackness, buy or rent the DVD/Blu-ray tonight.

Anyway, director Jonathan Levine has found his next project, this time set up at Fox Atomic. The Sitter is described as Adventures in Babysitting meets Superbad, and tells the story of a suspended college student who “has a night to remember when he gets talked into baby-sitting the eccentric kids next door — two boys and a wild 8-year-old girl.”

The spec script by Brian Gatewood and Alessandro Tanaka was the subject of a heated bidding war and was snapped up by Fox Atomic in January. Gatewood and Tanaka also had a college comedy script on the 2006 Blacklist titled Who the Hell is Sanjay Patel which is set up at Universal. I heard a rumor that Jonah Hill was circling the project, not sure if that is still the case.