While director Jonathan Levine has four very different films under his metaphorical filmmaker belt (from the finally-released horror picture All the Boys Love Mandy Lane to the big screen adaptation of Warm Bodies), his best work is still 2011’s “cancer comedy” 50/50. A quirky combination of Levine’s skills – a subtle genre flip, lovable characters, dark humor – the film starred Joseph Gordon-Levitt as an overwhelmingly normal dude felled by the news that he’s got the big C. What follows is an honest exploration of what happens when, yes, a normal dude has to deal with cancer. Seth Rogen co-starred as his best pal, and the star, who knows a thing or two about playing one half of an on-screen BFF-ship, excelled in his part. The pair was great together, and Levine’s directing was certainly also a big piece of that. (The fact-based screenplay by Will Reiser wasn’t too shabby, either.)
Which is all a very long way of saying that Levine, Gordon-Levitt, and Rogen are set to reteam for a new project that has a lot of promise (at least when it comes to the talent at hand).
THR reports that the trio will reunite for an “Untitled Xmas Comedy,” an apparently super-popular pitch that “several” studios tried to pick up, with Sony proving victorious. As the outlet reports, “the film revolves around three childhood best friends who reunite in New York City for their annual tradition of going out on Christmas Eve.” Rogen and Gordon-Levitt are on board to star as two of the three best pals, with the third part yet to be cast. Levine wrote the script and will direct the project.
While the plot of said untitled comedy may sound a bit standard, Levine has shown a genuine knack for bringing dudes and their emotions to the big screen with both relatability and believability. He did it with 50/50, and that same skill and sensitivity was even present in the Nicholas Hoult-starring Warm Bodies, which could have just been a throwaway adaptation of another YA property. Reteaming with Rogen and Gordon-Levitt for the film is a bit of a no-brainer, but one that should prove fruitful. The only question is – how soon are they going to cast James Franco as the third friend?
The film is set to start filming this summer.
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