This is unreal to me. Jason Reitman is one of my favorite filmmakers working today. Chad Kultgen is one of my favorite authors today. See where I’m going? Well, sources are reporting here that Reitman is in Toronto finalizing a deal to make Kultgen’s novel Men, Women, & Children his next film, in addition to presenting his latest movie Labor Day for TIFF audiences. I think the book is incredibly good but would be a real tough one to adapt, so I’m really excited that Reitman is one who plans on tackling it. He’s able to make a book into a completely different animal when it becomes a film of his (for the better too), so that gives me great confidence in this being a success. What’s more, he’s apparently written the screenplay and has a cast lined up. Who, you might ask? Well, Rosemarie DeWitt, Jennifer Garner, and Adam Sandler for three of the biggest roles. Especially considering this is likely going to be a dark dramedy or a black comedy (the book is very funny, but also very sad too), Sandler might have his best part in a long time to play with. You can see some more about the book below, but take it from me, it’s top notch. This immediately is my most anticipated project in development right now, so it’s got the Joey seal of approval!
Here’s what Amazon says about the book:
Chad Kultgen, cult hero and author of the buzz-generating illicit classics The Average American Male and The Lie, cuts to the quick of the American psyche like no other author writing today. In Men, Women & Children he explores the sexual pressures at work on a handful of troubled, conflicted junior-high students and their equally dysfunctional parents. From porn-surfing fathers to World of Warcraft-obsessed sons, from competitive cheerleaders to their dissatisfied, misguided mothers, Kultgen clicks open the emotionally treacherous culture in which we live—in his most ambitious and surprising book yet.
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