Posted on Thursday, February 27th, 2014 by Angie Han
Brooklyn Castle is being turned into a narrative feature, courtesy of Seth Rogen and his 50/50 team. His Point Grey has set up an adaptation of the junior high chess documentary at Sony, with 50/50 helmer Jonathan Levine and 50/50 scribe Will Reiser on board.
Directed by Katie Dellamaggiore, the original film centered on the adolescent chess whizzes of I.S. 318. Though the kids’ triumph would’ve been admirable in any context, it was made even more so by the fact that they hailed from Intermediate School 318 — a poor inner-city school in Brooklyn where about two-thirds of the students live below the federal poverty line. Hit the jump for more details on the project.
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One of the best films of 2011 is coming soon and we’re happy to exclusively premiere its eye-catching poster. Jonathan Levine‘s 50/50 stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the story of a young man diagnosed with cancer at 27 and given a 50/50 chance of survival. Don’t fret, though, 50/50 isn’t some kind of down-trodden, depressing film. It was actually written by Will Reiser, the person the film is inspired by, and blends a poignant commentary on mortality with some raunchy humor and a touching love story. Scheduled for release on September 30, it co-stars Seth Rogen (who also produced the film), Anna Kendrick, Anjelica Huston and Bryce Dallas Howard. Hopefully you’ve seen the trailer, now check out the poster which takes the above photo one step further. Read More »
The creative team behind September’s fantastic film 50/50 have already agreed to make another movie together. Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, Jonathan Levine and Will Reiser will once again collaborate on the road-trip comedy called Jamaica for Mandate Films. Everyone will be filling the same roles they did in the making of 50/50: Levine will direct, Reiser will write, Rogen and Goldberg will produce the film, which is based on a vacation Reiser took to the Caribbean island with his grandmother when he was only fourteen. Read more after the jump. Read More »
Anyone with reservations about whether or not they’ll enjoy a cancer comedy can check those feelings right now. Summit has just released the first trailer for the fantastic new film 50/50, the true story of a young man (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) who is diagnosed with cancer at 27 and given a 50/50 chance of survival. The studio is obviously aware that “cancer” and “comedy” generally don’t mix so they’ve been screening the film early and I’m happy to say that 50/50 (formerly titled I’m With Cancer) is hilarious and poignant. Director Jonathan Levine (The Wackness) is able to balance the serious with the funny in an incredibly accessible and entertaining way. It’s one of the best films I’ve seen so far this year.
Written by Will Reiser, the person the movie is about, 50/50 also stars Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick, Anjelica Huston and Bryce Dallas Howard. It’s scheduled for release September 30. Check out the trailer after the jump. Read More »
Producer/star Seth Rogen‘s cancer comedy has endured at least two title changes, two directors and two lead actors. So it seems fitting that its new, and final, title is 50/50 and Summit will release it on September 30. Directed by Jonathan Levine (The Wackness) the film stars Rogen as well as Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the title role, Anna Kendrick, Bryce Dallas Howard, Philip Baker Hall and Angelica Huston. 50/50 is based on the true story of Will Reiser (who also wrote the screenplay), “a producer on Da Ali G Show and Best Week Ever, who was diagnosed with cancer in his mid-20s and successfully battled the disease over several years.” Michael Giacchino is rumored to be writing the score as well. There’s more information after the jump. Read More »
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Twilight and Up in the Air star Anna Kendrick has been cast and Wackness director Jonathan Levine has signed to helm the very tentatively titled I’m With Cancer, an autobiographical story based on the experiences of Will Reiser, a producer on HBO’s Da Ali G Show and VH1’s Best Week Ever. Kendrick joins Seth Rogen and James McAvoy. Reiser’s spec script tells the story of a 25-year-old who learns he has the disease. Nicole Holofcener (Lovely & Amazing, Friends with Money) was attached to direct when the project was announced in October 2008.
This project just keeps getting better. We’ve been singing the praises of Kendrick since first seeing her in the Sundance dramedy Rocket Science, and like everyone else, were very impressed with her part in Up in the Air. And if you’ve been reading the site for a couple years, then you’ll know that we were one of the strongest supporters of Levin’s coming of age film The Wackness, which sadly got mismarketed and dumped in the marketplace by Sony Pictures Classics. You can read the official press release after the jump.
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Can’t say I really get the mini-trend of remaking documentary films as dramatic features. OK, Werner Herzog (Little Dieter Needs to Fly –> Rescue Dawn) gets a pass, mainly because he’s Herzog. But translating Grey Gardens into a fictionalized piece robbed the story of something essential and, I think, added nothing.
Last year saw the release of Young@Heart, a great little documentary about a group of senior citizens that performs their own versions of rock songs. Working Title Pictures picked up the rights to remake the film as a dramatic feature before the doc was even released. Now the company has a writer in mind for the project: Will Reiser, a former producer on Da Ali G Show. Read More »
Seth Rogen will produce I’m With Cancer, an autobiographical based on the experienced of Will Reiser, a producer on HBO’s Da Ali G Show and VH1’s Best Week Ever. Reiser’s spec script tells the story of a 25-year-old who learns he has the disease. Rogen will not however play the lead, but will instead have a supporting role in the film. Mandate Pictures is fast tracking the project, and will begin searching for a director later this month.
Discuss: Is the the world ready for a cancer comedy?