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Jason Reitman Explores The Possibilities
Attached to adapt the new novel from the writer of The Descendants

28 January 2014  |  Written by James White  |  Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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When you have the chance to film the next novel from Kaui Hart Hemmings – whose book The Descendants powered director Alexander Payne and co-writers Nat Faxon and Jim Rash to a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar in 2012 – you want someone who knows their way around adaptations. Fortunately, Indian Paintbrush has acquired the services of Jason Reitmn for The Possibilities.

The writer-director, who made Thank You For Smoking, Juno, Up In The Air and Young Adult, has snapped up the rights to Hemmings’ new tome, which is arriving in bookstores (assuming there are any left) on May 13.

Swapping the balmy shores of Hawaii for a frosty Colorado ski town, The Possibilities finds a grieving mother trying to overcome her son’s death. She finds solace and support – not to mention a deep secret – in a girl who comes to visit. The experience will change them both, we're told. Reitman is attached to direct, and, assuming he goes ahead with the film, will either tackle the screenplay himself or find a writer to craft the script.

But even Reitman isn’t the sure thing he once was: his latest, Labor Day, has been greeted with mixed reviews and largely missed out on awards glory. Undaunted, he’s back at it, filming a script he adapted from Chad Kultgen’s novel Men, Women And Children with Emma Thompson, Adam Sandler and Jennifer Garner all aboard. Labor Day is out here on March 28. 

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