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Jason Reitman going back to school with Elliot Allagash

06.23.2010

There are only a handful of directors that get my Oscar-sense tingling immediately; Eastwood, Scorcese and Cameron to name a few. But Jason Reitman would seem to have wiggled his way into that list as his last two efforts, JUNO and UP IN THE AIR both scored numerous noms.

Well, another potential Reitman project is in the works, as he’s just acquired the rights to ELLIOT ALLAGASH, a novel by Simon Rich. The plot? From THR:

"Allagash," which offers a satiric take on private schools and the excesses of the rich, centers on Seymour Herson, a boy who is regularly picked on at his private school. He is taken under the wing of the book's title character, a teen who regularly gets drunk and enjoys villainy.

Sounds a bit Gossip Girl/OC-ish, but it could work with someone capable at the helm. With all this high school drama, you have to wonder if Reitman might consider re-teaming with Diablo Cody, who has been reassured by a gold statue that she knows how to convincingly render teenage dialogue, even if half the words in the script don’t actually exist.

It’s no guarantee that Reitman would actually direct just because he has the rights, but he has yet to choose a new project to helm since UP IN THE AIR. Guess we’ll have to see if ALLAGASH is it.

Extra Tidbit: THANK YOU FOR SMOKING is still my favorite effort from him.
Source: THR

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2:15PM on 06/24/2010

Walter Kirn and Sheldon Turner made UP IN THE AIR decent.

Walter Kirn (Novel) and Sheldon Turner made UP IN THE AIR good. And Cody's (once in a lifetime) JUNO script made that film good as well. I really feel the "directing" didn't have much to it on either. It's the writing and letting the actors rip.
Walter Kirn (Novel) and Sheldon Turner made UP IN THE AIR good. And Cody's (once in a lifetime) JUNO script made that film good as well. I really feel the "directing" didn't have much to it on either. It's the writing and letting the actors rip.
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8:55AM on 06/25/2010
You know, Jason Reitman wrote the Up in the Air script as well. And the screenplay really deviated quite heavily from the novel. In short, I don't endorse your diminishing of Reitman's influence and talent.
You know, Jason Reitman wrote the Up in the Air script as well. And the screenplay really deviated quite heavily from the novel. In short, I don't endorse your diminishing of Reitman's influence and talent.
7:15PM on 06/23/2010
Hey, the man is 3 for 3. He gets my vote, even if this sounds like a hundred other movies I've seen before. Seems a bit of a step back, though, if he decides to direct this - considering how mature and adult Up in the Air was, it seems like a step back for him to go back and deal with high school kids.
Hey, the man is 3 for 3. He gets my vote, even if this sounds like a hundred other movies I've seen before. Seems a bit of a step back, though, if he decides to direct this - considering how mature and adult Up in the Air was, it seems like a step back for him to go back and deal with high school kids.
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12:58PM on 06/23/2010

OH GOOD. . .

another privileged child of a filmmaker making a commentary on how terrible it is to be wealthy. if this guy and Sofia Coppola every hook up and have kids there'll be some sort of massive vortex of angst involved.
another privileged child of a filmmaker making a commentary on how terrible it is to be wealthy. if this guy and Sofia Coppola every hook up and have kids there'll be some sort of massive vortex of angst involved.
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12:33PM on 06/23/2010
He should team up with jaden smith and Colin Hanks and do a movie about never having to struggle in a merciless industry.
He should team up with jaden smith and Colin Hanks and do a movie about never having to struggle in a merciless industry.
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6:43PM on 06/23/2010
True but Jason reitman is incredibly talented.
True but Jason reitman is incredibly talented.
8:33PM on 06/23/2010
Just because Jason Reitman's father was a Hollywood director doesn't mean he just had everything handed to him. He has said that he wanted to make it on his own and started by making short films. His first feature was an independent film. Personally, I think he is talented and even a better director than his father (who made quite a few bad films).
Just because Jason Reitman's father was a Hollywood director doesn't mean he just had everything handed to him. He has said that he wanted to make it on his own and started by making short films. His first feature was an independent film. Personally, I think he is talented and even a better director than his father (who made quite a few bad films).
7:35AM on 06/24/2010
yeah, Reitman tried to pull the "i made it on my own" BS on the slash filmcast. to which they reminded him he had roles in Twins, Ghostbusters 2 and is even credited as a PA (at age 13!) on Kindergarten cop (which he also acts in). I don't think this guy, talented or not, crashed on many couches or subsisted on RAmen noodles like so many of the rest of us.

AGAIN, not saying the guy is untalented.
yeah, Reitman tried to pull the "i made it on my own" BS on the slash filmcast. to which they reminded him he had roles in Twins, Ghostbusters 2 and is even credited as a PA (at age 13!) on Kindergarten cop (which he also acts in). I don't think this guy, talented or not, crashed on many couches or subsisted on RAmen noodles like so many of the rest of us.

AGAIN, not saying the guy is untalented.
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