While Jason Reitman’s latest film, Labor Day, is set to premiere this weekend at the Toronto International Film Festival, his next project after that is already garnering some internet buzz.
THR broke the news that Reitman has already written a script for a film called Men, Women & Children and has unofficially lined up Rosemarie DeWitt, Jennifer Garner and Adam Sandler for his leads. If Reitman gets his way, Sandler will be putting on his ‘serious actor’ hat again, because this film will be about as dark as you get.
Based on the 2011 novel by Chad Kultgen, Men, Women & Children is a bleak satire about the disconnection parents and their children face in the age of internet and social media, disconnections that lead to betrayals and disillusion. In other words, totally juicy Oscar fare.
Speculation is that Sandler would be cast as the porn-obsessed dad whose wife ends up looking for affection elsewhere. I’m not really a Sandler fan, but I’ve liked his more dramatic turns and I have to say this casting sounds kind of creepy, which is right up my alley. The project isn’t attached to any studio yet, but with that lineup and a script by Reitman and Erin Cressida Wilson (Secretary), I can’t see any reason why we won’t be seeing this project get the greenlight.
So for now, we can look forward to his latest film, Labor Day, starring Kate Winselt and Josh Brolin. Labor Day will be in theaters December 25th. And if you’re lucky enough to be at the TIFF, you can check out Reitman’s latest in his popular staged Live Read series. We wrote about his most recent event (a reading of the pilot script of “Breaking Bad”) and this time he’s tackling Paul Thomas Anderson’s Boogie Nights with Olivia Wilde as Amber Waves and Elle Fanning as Rollergirl.
What do you think of Adam Sandler taking on another dramatic role? Let us know in the comments!
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