Jason Reitman Adapting ‘The Possibilities’

Jason Reitman

Jason Reitman has wasted no time in finding his next project. Writer-director Reitman is planning on adapting the Kaui Hart Hemmings’ novel The Possibilities. Though the novel is still four months away from hitting the shelves, the Canadian-born filmmaker is reportedly already working away on the screenplay. Hemmings’ novel is about a Colorado woman starts an unusual friendship with a mysterious young girl after she loses her son in a skiing accident.

The novel is Kaui Hart Hemmings’ second after her 2007 book The Descendants. Hemmings became a hot commodity following the success of Alexander Payne’s adaptation of her first novel. The 2011 film adaptation starred George Clooney as a Hawaiian father who tries to reconnect with his two daughters after his wife is seriously injured in a boating accident. The film went onto become both a critical and financial success. Alexander Payne, Jim Rash and Nat Faxon took home the Academy Award for best adapted screenplay for their work. Kaui Hart Hemmings also authored the short story collection House Of Thieves. 

Jason Reitman’s adaptation of The Possibilities will be his fifth based off of an pre-existing property. The son of Ghostbusters filmmaker Ivan Reitman, Jason has already established himself as a serious talent in just a few films. The writer-director made a big splash onto the scene with his adaptation of the Christopher Buckley satire Thank You For Smoking. Reitman followed that with the worldwide indie breakout smash hit Juno. Nominated for four Academy awards, including best picture and best director, Juno went onto gross $231 million off a mere $7.5 million production budget. The filmmaker’s next project was an adaptation of the Walter Kirn novel Up In The Air. The George Clooney film went onto be nominated for six Academy awards, with nods going to Reitman for best adapted screenplay, director and picture.

Prior to Labor Day, Reitman collaborated once more with his Juno script writer Diablo Cody for the Charlize Theron vehicle Young Adult. The dark comedy was met with the most mixed response of Reitman’s young career, though still recuperated its production budget domestically and remains certified fresh on RottonTomatoes. Reitman is currently in the midst of shooting his sixth film called Men, Women & Children. The film is an adaptation of Chad Kultgen novel and stars Adam Sandler, Jennifer Garner and Emma Thompson. The prolific director is also currently in the late stages of pre-production on his seventh film in Austin, Texas, called Pale Blue Dot.

Jason Reitman’s fifth film Labor Day is opening wide this Friday. The film, adapted from Joyce Maynard’s novel by Reitman, stars Josh Brolin and Kate Winslet. Labor Day is about a mother (Winslet) and son who one night offer a wounded man (Brolin) a ride home. When the police begin a manhunt throughout the town for an escaped convict, the mother and son gradually learn the true story behind this mysterious drifter while their options become limited by the minute. At the rate that the filmmaker has been working, Jason Reitman’s adaptation of The Possibilities could arrive in theatres as early as 2016.

By Benjamin Murray


The Hollywood Reporter


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