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.
Jonathan Levine (The Wackness) will direct an adaptation of Richard Aleas’ (a pseudonym for Charles Ardai) crime novel, Little Girl Lost, for Universal Pictures. According to Heat Vision, the book is written in the style of a classic pulp novel and tells the story of “a private dick who discovers his high school girlfriend has became a stripper … and is now dead. He then journeys to the seedy side to find the man responsible.” Screenwriter Michael Bacall (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World) has also come on board to write the film.
Levine is currently in post-production on his upcoming “cancer comedy”, Live With It, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen. He’s also still attached to direct the romantic-zombie-comedy, Warm Bodies. As a fan of Levine’s The Wackness and Bacall’s work on Scott Pilgrim, I’m personally looking forward to this collaboration. You can hit the jump to read a full synopsis for Little Girl Lost.