Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s DON JON’S ADDICTION Changed to DON JON, Plus New Images from the Film

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s feature directorial debut Don Jon’s Addiction landed a record-breaking acquisition deal when Relativity picked it up after Sundance, but the pic is now getting a title change.  Simplified to Don Jon, the picture stars Gordon-Levitt as a contemporary, porn-addicted Don Juan-type who attempts to reform himself.  The film also stars Scarlett Johansson and Tony Danza.

Be sure to read Matt’s review here and hit the jump to see what Gordon-Levitt said on the topic of the title change, plus four new images.

Here’s what JGL had to say on his Facebook page along with new images (via Facebook and Moviefone).  Click on them to expand.

don-jon-tony-danza-joseph-gordon-levittHey everybody,

So, as you might’ve heard already, I wrote and directed a movie last year, and it’s coming out later this year. Which is absolutely crazy, and I still kinda can’t believe it. Anyway, I’m posting this today to let you all know that I’m changing its title. It’s now called… DON JON. I decided to change it, first of all, because DON JON is just so short and simple, and if you know me, you know I’m a fan of brevity. Second of all, it felt to me like the old title, “Don Jon’s Addiction” was throwing some people off a bit from the point of the movie. People were assuming it was a film about porn addiction and sex addiction, which really isn’t true. That’d be sort of like saying “The Maltese Falcon” is a movie about a statue of a falcon. DON JON is a comedy about how men and women treat each other, and how the media we consume can create unrealistic expectations that we put on one another. That’s why the story centers around a relationship between a young man (played by me) who watches too much pornography and a young woman (played by Scarlett) who watches too many romantic Hollywood movies. It’s a topic I personally find fascinating and hilarious.

And while I have your attention, I figured I’d show you the first production still we’re releasing of Jon’s father, played by none other than Tough Tony Danza. More to show soon. We’re just starting to work on the trailer now. And I’m heading down to SxSW with Tony this weekend with the film, so I’ll see some of you in Austin!
thanks again..
J

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  • Clay

    And the perfect track record of making movie titles worse continues.

    • AlexHeyNa

      Seriously, Don Jon’s Addiction is such an awesome title. I can understand his reasoning for shortening it, but it sucks that he’s doing it.

  • Julius

    Because shortening “John Carter of Mars” down to only “John Carter” immensely helped audience appeal. Go fuck yourselves Hollywood bean counters.

    • Norris

      Wow, guessing you didn’t even read his explanation of why he changed the name.

  • Elitist Prick

    Honestly, the sentence “The film also stars Scarlett Johansson and Tony Danza” is so bizarre, it actually makes me excited for the presence of Scarlett Johansson and Tony Danza in a movie.

    Also, what does it say about me, a heterosexual man, that my reaction to the presence of Scarlett Johansson is with equal disinterest as to the presence of Tony Danza? When they’re in separate films, at least.

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