Thanks to Garry Marshall, I can’t hear of any film with a holiday for a title without a brief flash of fear that it’ll be another cringeworthy sequel to Valentine’s Day. But no, Labor Day isn’t another star-studded romcom, it’s the next picture by Jason Reitman. And if his past track record — which consists of Thank You For Smoking, Juno, Up in the Air, and Young Adult — is any indication, it’s one you’ll want to keep on your radar for the next several months.

Josh Brolin has been circling the coming-of-age drama since all the way back in 2010, with Kate Winslet signing on last summer. As the start date approaches, Reitman’s rounding out the rest of the cast with Gattlin Griffith, James Van Der Beek, and more. Hit the jump for details.

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Not only did Labor Day just pass on the calendar, it got picked up by Paramount. Labor Day is the title of Jason Reitman‘s next movie, which will star Kate Winslet as a single mother who helps an escaped convict, played by Josh Brolin, and falls in love with him over the holiday weekend. Paramount will co-finance and distribute the romance, based on a novel by Joyce Maynard, from a screenplay by Reitman. Shooting will begin in June 2012. Read more after the jump. Read More »

Jason Reitman is this week’s guest on ESPN‘s Bill Simmons podcast, The BS Report (mp3). Amidst all of the discussion of The Golden Globes, how Clooney got involved in Up in the Air, Reitman’s second choice casting for the role of Ryan Bingham, and when the director is going to start work on his next project.

And the good news is we won’t have to wait too long. This very week is when Reitman will set about scripting his next project:

I’m actually about to start writing my new screenplay next week. I have a trip planned I’m gonna go out, I’m adapting this book… I’ve got a five day trip, I’m gonna try to write as much as possible.

Obviously, he’s not thinking he’ll get it all done in those five days, he’s not John Hughes – but what book is this? None of the potential projects in Peter’s post “What will Jason Reitman direct after Up In the Air” are literary adaptations. It seems like the project heaped on to the top of the pile a month later is the one – an adaptation of Joyce Maynard‘s novel Labor Day.

Here’s Peter’s synopsis of the book:

The book tells the story of a long Labor Day weekend through the eyes of a then 13-year-old boy who along with his reclusive depressed divorced mother are willingly taken “hostage” by an escaped convict in their own home.

After the break, Reitman’s comments on another project he’s lining up.

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Jason Reitman Adapting Joyce Maynard’s Labor Day

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Last month we took a look at five film projects that Jason Reitman has been developing, and wondered if any of the projects would be next for the Academy Award-nominated director. Add one more project to the pile, as it has been revealed that Retiman is currently adapting a screenplay for Joyce Maynard‘s new novel, Labor Day. What is the novel about? Details after the jump.

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