Summit Entertainment has released the first trailer for the dramedy 50/50. Screenwriter Will Reiser based the story on his own battle with cancer. The trailer is fantastic and does a great job of balancing some funny jokes with the gravity of a guy (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) dealing with cancer.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer and the first images along with Steve’s thoughts on the film. 50/50 is directed by Jonathan Levine (The Wackness), also stars Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick, Bryce Dallas Howard, Angelica Huston, and Phillip Baker Hall star. It opens September 30th.
The long talked about Seth Rogen-starred “cancer comedy”, previously called I’m With Cancer, finally has a title and a release date. Summit plans to release 50/50 on September 30th of this year. This is fantastic news (via Variety) given the caliber of talent of the film’s cast which includes Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Anna Kendrick, Bryce Dallas Howard, Angelica Huston and Phillip Baker Hall. Based on screenwriter Will Reiser’s own experiences getting cancer in his 20’s, the film was originally set to star James McAvoy in the lead role until the actor had to bow out for personal reasons. Gordon-Levitt stepped in to take on the lead after McAvoy left. Jonathan Levin (The Wackness) directed the dramedy.
With a September release date, one might expect the film to premiere at the Toronto Film Festival as that usually runs during the second week of September. It would be a great way to get some buzz right before coming out.
One of my favorite actors is Joseph Gordon-Levitt. While some of you might only know his work from the hit NBC show 30 Rock From the Sun, over the past decade he’s delivered some great performances in such films as The Lookout, Brick, Mysterious Skin, Stop-Loss, and I even loved his work as Cobra Commander in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. So when I found out I’d be getting an exclusive interview with Gordon-Levitt for Inception, needless to say I was thrilled. Thankfully, he could not have been nicer, and while my interview was set up for print (meaning just audio), he was totally on board with me using video.
During the spoiler free interview we discussed how he got involved in Inception, what he had to do to read the script, how he trained to do 99% of the stunts, his initial meeting with Christopher Nolan, what it was like to do wire work for 3 weeks, he explains how you can appreciate Inception on many levels, and he discussed future projects like Looper, Hesher, I’m With Cancer (Live With It), G.I. Joe 2, and a lot more. It’s a great interview, so hit the jump to check it out:
One of my favorite actors is Joseph Gordon-Levitt. While some of you might only know his work from the hit NBC show 30 Rock From the Sun, over the past decade he’s delivered some great performances in such films as The Lookout, Brick, Mysterious Skin, Stop-Loss, and I even loved his work as Cobra Commander in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. So when I found out I’d be getting an exclusive interview with Gordon-Levitt for Inception, needless to say I was thrilled.
While I’ll have the entire interview online the week of release, I wanted to post what he said today about Hesher, Looper and I’m With Cancer (which is going to be retitled). The quick info is Hesher has not been renamed to Rebel, he thinks Rian Johnson’s Looper is going to film early next year, and he’s not sure what is up with the sequel to G.I. Joe. Hit the jump to watch part of the interview. Look for a lot more coverage on Inception very soon:
MTV reports that James McAvoy has unfortunately dropped out of Jonathan Levine’s (The Wackness) untitled cancer comedy co-starring Seth Rogen. But in for McAvoy is the highly talented Joseph Gordon-Levitt. McAvoy apparently had to bow out for personal reasons, which is a shame since when he spoke to Steve during the press junket for The Last Station, he seemed really excited about doing the film. But anyone who’s familiar with Gordon-Levitt’s work can knows he’s up for handling the role and that he’s a strong addition to this cast, which also includes Bryce Dallas Howard and Oscar-nominee Anna Kendrick.
Originally titled I’m With Cancer, the film is based on the real-life experience of screenwriter Will Reiser and his diagnosis and battle with the disease during his 20s.
Hit the jump to read a statement from Rogen (who is also a producer on the film) on the change-up.
Anjelica Huston and Philip Baker Hall have joined Seth Rogen, James McAvoy, Bryce Dallas Howard and Anna Kendrick in director Jonathan Levine’s Untitled Cancer Dramedy (previously called I’m With Cancer). The movie starts shooting in Vancouver any day now and it’s based on writer Will Reiser’s own experiences getting cancer in his 20′s. McAvoy plays Adam (the main character) and Kendrick will play Katherine, a psychologist who helps Adam deal with getting cancer. Bryce Dallas Howard apparently plays another love interest and Rogen plays McAvoy’s best friend. I’m going to take a wild guess and say Huston and Hall play McAvoy’s parents.
With this cast and the fact that Levine’s last film was The Wackness (awesome movie you need to see immediately), this is a film we should all be excited for. At least as much as you can be when it concerns cancer. More as we hear it. [Variety]
Flush with Twilight money, Summit Entertainment has landed North American rights to Mandate Pictures’ dramedy I’m With Cancer. While that’s just the working title, the film starts production this month in Vancouver with Seth Rogen, James McAvoy, Anna Kendrick and Bryce Dallas Howard as the leads. Being directed by Jonathan Levine (The Wackness), the film is based on writer Will Reiser’s own experiences getting cancer in his 20′s. McAvoy plays Adam (the main character) and Kendrick will play Katherine, a psychologist who helps Adam deal with getting cancer. Bryce Dallas Howard apparently plays another love interest and Rogen essentially plays himself.
“It’s rare to find a script that has you laughing and crying in equal measure or a cast and director as perfectly suited to get the tone of this unique and moving film as perfectly right,” Summit’s president of production Erik Feig said.
With the cast involved and the fact that Jonathan Levine is directing it, I cannot wait to see the results. For more on the film, here’s my recent interview with James McAvoy. (via screendaily)
The Playlist reports that writer-director Jonathan Levine (The Wackness, All the Boys Love Mandy Lane) will adapt the upcoming romantic zombie comedy novel (or “rom-zom-com” as coined by the tagline for Shaun of the Dead), Warm Bodies. Author Isaac Marion based the novel off his own short story, I am a Zombie Filled with Love, which you can read online here. The short story is told from the perspective a zombie through diary entries (That brings me back; I remember the first Resident Evil game’s had a diary where a researcher chronicled his own zombification, ending with the entry, “Itchy. Tasty.”). According to Playlist, the book is “fantastic and that it’s a darkly comic, existential zombie romance set at the end of the world,” which matches up with the tone of the short story.
Levine recently replaced Nicole Holofcener as the director of the upcoming dramedy I’m with Cancer starring Seth Rogen and James McAvoy. Filming is scheduled to begin next month, but Levine plans to have the script for Warm Bodies finished before he starts shooting on Cancer.
When you’ve a well respected actor that everyone thinks is great, there will always be rumors about what you might do next. For James McAvoy, those rumors include playing Bilbo Baggins in Guillermo del Toro’s The Hobbit, and a more recent rumor that he’s going to star as Ian Fleming in a biopic that Animus Films is developing.
But according to McAvoy, it’s all rumors and nothing more. Regarding the Ian Fleming movie, McAvoy says he read the script a long time ago but he never spoke with the producers, so he doesn’t know where the story originates from. He also denies The Hobbit story.
Hit the jump to see exactly what he had to say…plus he talks about his next film, I’m With Cancer, which Jonathan Levine (The Wackness) is directing.
The untitled James McAvoy/Seth Rogen cancer dramedy from Mandate Pictures hit a speed bump back in November when director Nicole Holofcener (Friends with Money) dropped out. Today comes news from The Hollywood Reporter that the project is once again moving forward with director Jonathan Levine (The Wackness) set to take over the helmer’s position and actress Anna Kendrick (Up in the Air, Twilight) signed on to co-star. The upcoming flick, which has a working title of I’m with Cancer, is set to begin principal photography in February and will see McAvoy playing Adam, a young man who is forced to battle cancer in his 20′s. Kendrick will play Katherine, a psychologist who helps Adam through the process. The film is based on its writer Will Reiser’s own experiences with cancer. Rogen, in addition to co-starring, will produce along with partner Evan Goldberg.