Aside from Darren Aronofsky, I think my favorite filmmaker working today might be Jason Reitman (Ben Affleck, Woody Allen, Paul Thomas Anderson, Judd Apatow, David Fincher, Martin Scorsese, Kevin Smith, and Quentin Tarantinto would make up the rest of a top 10, by the by). Any film of his immediate has my interest, and his next movie ‘Labor Day’ is certainly no exception. It already stars Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin, but according to an article by The Hollywood Reporter, the excellent character actor Clark Gregg (now mostly known as Agent Coulson, but who also directed the incredibly underrated film ‘Choke’) has joined the cast as well. You can find out what the movie is about after the jump, but this is looking like a potential Oscar player next year to me…
There’s not a lot known about the project so far, except this vague plot from the article in THR, which says:
Reitman wrote the script from the Joyce Maynard novel and is directing the drama, which revolves around a boy (Gattlin Griffith) and his divorced mother (Kate Winslet) who meet a stranger (Josh Brolin) during a Labor Day weekend and offer him a ride. The man turns out to be an escaped convict and ends up teaching the boy life lessons.
James Van Der Beek is also in the cast.
Character details for Gregg were not disclosed, and Paramount had no comment on the dealmaking.
Also, here’s the description of the book on Amazon:
With the end of summer closing in and a steamy Labor Day weekend looming in the town of Holton Mills, New Hampshire, lonely, friendless thirteen-year-old Henry spends most of his time watching television, reading, and daydreaming with only his emotionally fragile, long-divorced mother for company. But everything changes on the Thursday before the holiday weekend when a mysterious bleeding man named Frank asks Henry for a hand. Over the next five days, Henry will learn some of life’s most valuable lessons, about the breathless pain of jealousy, the power of betrayal, and the importance of putting those we care about above ourselves—and that real love is worth waiting for.
From acclaimed author Joyce Maynard comes a beautiful, poignant tale of love, sex, adolescence, and devastating treachery as seen through the eyes of a young teenager—and the man he later becomes.
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Tags: book adaptation, casting, Clark Gregg, Jason Reitman, Josh Brolin, Kate Winslet, Labor Day, upcoming projects