Jason Reitman Turned Down Justice League!
There's not much good news this week, so instead I thought it would be worth bringing up an interesting factoid surrounding the Justice League movie. Filmmaker Jason Reitman, who we interviewed last December, director of Juno and Thank You For Smoking, was recently on the Howard Stern Show talking about all things filmmaking. SlashFilm was listening in and reports that Reitman said he turned down the opportunity to direct Justice League! Everyone knows my opinion on that movie and also my appreciation for Reitman, so it is without a doubt that I will say - great decision Jason!
Jason explains that he wasn't interested because of his status and the fact that it wouldn't be that great of a movie. "So Basically I'll make a movie that is not as good as X-Men, then I'll be the guy who made a movie not as good as X-Men." He goes to explain "right now I'm thought of as a particular type of director. I've got an Oscar nomination. I've made two indie films that play film festivals that are considered thoughtful. I want to stay in that world, I like making those type of films." And I like that Reitman made those types of films, too! Where would we be if Juno hadn't crossed the $100 million mark and become a huge success?
The last we heard, Justice League: Mortal, as it's apparently been officially titled, was running into major financial troubles in Australia. Reitman later let it slip that the budget he would've been given for Justice League was upwards of $150 million. As of right now, its anyone's guess as to its production status. Is it still moving forward? Will it move production to Canada? We'll still keep following the Justice League movie as it develops, but its certainly apparent that this has been a troubled project from the very start. One that even Oscar-nominated director Jason Reitman turned down.