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 »


Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody, the duo behind the camera on Juno (OK, two of many people behind the camera on Juno) are coming together once again to make a film called Young Adult, based on Cody’s screenplay. The film is about a woman who returns to her high school town, where she tries to reconnect with (read: stalks) the guy she once dated. Trouble is: he’s married with a new kid, and isn’t all that interested.

Charlize Theron is set to play the lead female role, and we’d supposed at one point that Josh Brolin would be the object of her affection. But now Patton Oswalt has taken a role and Patrick Wilson is in talks to join. Who would they play? 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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Assuming that the majority of this information is valid, there are going to be about two dozen worth of news stories crammed in one here, so brace yourselves.

According to a leaked email exposing Paramount’s upcoming movie slate, they’re going to be pretty busy over the next few years, working on a slew of potentially promising projects that are either set to go ahead or awaiting further script developments. Find out which of their films you have to look forward to after the break. Read More »


The Juno team of writer Diablo Cody and director Jason Reitman are reuniting for Young Adult, which already has Charlize Theron set to star as a divorced writer who returns to her hometown and forces herself into the life of her married-with-children high school sweetheart.

I already like the sound of that, but if Josh Brolin played the guy Theron is stalking, I’d like it even more. Read More »


Diablo Cody‘s next screenplay to be produced is called Young Adult. The script was optioned by Mandate Pictures this past March, and the company is hoping to have cameras rolling by November. At the time of the option, there was talk about Cody reteaming with “the team behind Juno,” but that was based only on Mandate’s involvement, since the company produced that film.

But now the project really could be a Juno reunion, as there’s a report that Jason Reitman will make Young Adult his next directorial project. But it won’t be a full reunion of cast and crew, as Charlize Theron is tapped to star in the new picture. Read More »

Diablo Cody

Mandate Pictures is producing Diablo Cody‘s next project, an original screenplay titled Young Adult that Cody wrote last year. The trades are touting the project as Diablo reteaming with “the team behind Juno”, but we should clarify: that just means Mandate, and doesn’t include director Jason Reitman. No director is yet attached, but Mandate is fast tracking the project so expect someone to be announced soon. Story details can be found, after the jump.

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