Jason Reitman has decided on his next film, and it’s a reteam with Juno screenwriter Diablo Cody. The screenplay for Young Adult would have been very hard to resist – I’ve read it, and it’s a corker – so I’m really not too surprised he’s opted to direct as well as produce the film.
Here’s the set-up:
A thirtysomething, divorced, young-adult fiction writer in Minneapolis returns to her hometown to chase the ex-boyfriend who got away but who’s now married with a kid.
If you’ve followed Cody and a little about her background, it’s hard to miss both the autobiographical elements and the very-much-aren’t autobiographical elements in that logline. The mix gets deeper in the actual screenplay pages, though I’m sure I don’t know anything like enough about Cody’s life to be able to sift germs of fact from fiction.
According to Deadline, the filmmakers are planning to start production this November in New York. Reitman has cast Charlize Theron in the lead role of Mavis Gary, perhaps taking advantage of her Mad Max delays. I can almost smell the Academy Award from here. It’s a great part, though, and she’s probably very excited by the prospect of really getting stuck into it.
The script starts with a brief dream sequence that plants the character in high school, but once we’re into real-life, here’s how Mavis is introduced:
MAVIS GARY stirs in bed. She’s mid-thirties, blonde, attractive.
Though Mavis is clearly an adult, we recognize her as the student from the dream. Mavis smacks the clock with surprising violence, and goes back to sleep.
The alarm bell rings again, brutal. Mavis gets up and walks into the bathroom. She’s not wearing any pants or underwear.
There are two key male roles to cast: “sad-faced and overweight” Matt Freehauf who was at school with Mavis; and Buddy Slade, the ex-boyfriend, “an attractive guy” but still “just an average suburban dad.”
Matt is a great part with a lot of chances to really make an impact in the script. I’m most intrigued to see who gets offered the role.
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