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.
I was intrigued by this project when it was first announced, and I’m happy to see that it’s good to go again. However, I am disappointed to see Nicole Holofcener leaving. Nothing against Jonathan Levine, but throughout her career, Holofcener has thrived at crafting character studies that deftly blend comedy and drama with films such as Walking and Talking and the more recent Friends with Money. This was a good fit for her. Still, with McAvoy, Rogen, and now Kendrick aboard along with a seemingly competent director in Levine, this one should be worth checking out.