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Director Jason Reitman Circling 'Men, Women & Children' With Adam Sandler, Rosemarie DeWitt And Jennifer Garner

by Drew Taylor
September 4, 2013 9:20 PM
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Jason Reitman, Adam Sandler, Jennifer Garner, Rosemarie DeWitt

Jason Reitman is about to have a very busy Toronto. In addition to unveiling his new film, the already seriously polarizing crime drama "Labor Day," starring Josh Brolin and Kate Winslet (you can read our take on it here), he is also staging one of his starry script readings, this time of Paul Thomas Anderson's "Boogie Nights." And if that wasn't enough, the director of "Juno" and "Young Adult" is also lining up his next project at the festival: an adaptation of Chad Kultgen's novel "Men, Women and Children," with Adam Sandler, Jennifer Garner, Rosemarie DeWitt and Cameron Diaz attached.

According to the Deadline report, the book "focuses on a family with junior high school students and deals with the navigation of sexual awakenings in a digital age where the internet has made pornography, blogs and social networking just a few clicks away." Topical!

Reitman has been busy announcing his cast for the "Boogie Nights" reading via his Twitter account, with Dakota Fanning as the Heather Graham character Rollergirl, Scott Thompson as The Colonel, Olivia Wilde as the Julianne Moore character Amber Waves, Jason Sudeikis as the Don Cheadle character Buck Swope, and Dane Cook as the John C. Reilly character Reed Rothchild. So far Dirk Diggler hasn't been cast, but when he has, expect it to be a doozy.   

If everything goes according to plan, the production of "Men, Women and Children" would reunite Reitman with his "Labor Day" financiers Indian Paintbrush, who would produce alongside Right Of Way and Mr. Mudd. They're eyeing a November start date for the project; it's unclear who has written the script. By the end of the festival, though, things should be somewhat finalized. And Reitman will take a very long nap.

Given that "Labor Day" received mixed reviews in Telluride, this new movie is eyeing a November start date according to the Wrap. Reitman's "Labor Day" opens on Christmas Day.

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  • Daily Planet | September 6, 2013 10:57 PMReply

    Where is the movie with Rosemarie DeWitt and Ellen Page???

  • WHA?? 2 | September 5, 2013 11:05 PMReply

    Sudeikis as Buck Swope?? The fuck is he thinking? The little argument with Nicole Ari Parker on "the new look" will just not work. I wouldn't be surprised if Jason Reitman doesn't know a single black person.....

    Maybe he'll ask Daniel Radcliffe to play Luis Guzman's role!

    I get that it's just a script reading but come on.......

  • WHA? | September 5, 2013 11:00 PMReply

    Dane Cook as Reed Rothchild?? Wtf? "People tell me I look like Han Solo" will be so much less funnier out of his mouth.

  • ASFan | September 5, 2013 1:12 PMReply

    FYI, Reitman and Erin Cressida Wilson wrote the screenplay.

  • Dummy | September 4, 2013 9:42 PMReply

    The Colonel.

  • Edward D. | September 4, 2013 9:31 PMReply

    This logline reminds me just how MOR Jason Reitman's films are. Never got why the kids were bowled over by this Alexander Payne-wannabe.

  • Jeremy | September 4, 2013 9:26 PMReply

    It's always good to see Sandler actually stretch his acting muscles.

  • ASFan | September 5, 2013 10:56 AM

    Playlist commenters try to act all high-and-mighty and snarky like the Playlist bloggers here do. Difference is the bloggers at least use proper analysis to justify their attitudes. Commenters just want to act that way for the sake of it.

  • KG | September 5, 2013 3:13 AM

    I've never read something so blatantly wrong as Mark's comments. Jeez. What ditches do some of these Playlist commenters crawl out of?

  • d | September 5, 2013 1:10 AM

    Wrong. One of my favorite movies and I know several people who love it.

  • mark | September 5, 2013 12:58 AM

    And the people who saw PDL hated it. Jason Reitman actually writes competent scripts unlike PTA. I'm sure Sandler will do great being directed by a great director.

  • ASFan | September 5, 2013 12:27 AM

    Everyone did not hate PDL. Most people probably didn't like it, which is only because they haven't seen it.

  • mark | September 5, 2013 12:10 AM

    Everybody hated Punch Drunk Love

  • ASFan | September 4, 2013 11:15 PM

    True, but while I am very curious about this project, this highlights one of my (and pretty much everyone else's) many problems with Sandler. The only time he works with other people (i.e. not Dugan, James, Spade, et. al.) is when it's something that's not a mainstream comedy. If he would only work with others on mainstream comedies, he could have commercial success in movies that are also at least tolerable.

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