Jason Reitman has quickly crafted a significant directorial resume — Thank You For Smoking, Juno (reject the blowback — it’s a sweet, effective movie), and Up in the Air — and he has already wrapped his fourth movie, the Diablo Cody-scripted Young Adult. Now he is getting ready to work on his fifth, which will be an adaptation of Joyce Maynard‘s novel Labor Day.

Last year Josh Brolin was rumored to have a role in the film, and now we have word that Kate Winslet will be one of the other leads. Read More »


When it was announced a few month back that Josh Brolin was circling an upcoming Jason Reitman film, it was assumed that he was referring to Young Adult, the Diablo Cody-scripted, Charlize Theron-starring film that tells the story of “a divorced writer who returns to her hometown and forces herself into the life of her married-with-children high school sweetheart.” That’s up next for Reitman, but apparently it’s not the film that Brolin meant.

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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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While at the Telluride Film Festival, I had the chance to talk to Academy Award-nominated director Jason Reitman about his new, and much buzzed about film, Up in the Air. I conducted the interview in conjunction with my friend Alex from FirstShowing, filmed “up in the air,” (get it?) in a gondola traveling up and down the mountains of Telluride Colorado. This is probably the most unique interview I’ve ever been apart of, and it turned out pretty well. It’s a definite must watch, even if you haven’t seen the film (no spoilers are discussed). Watch the interview now embedded after the jump.
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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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