Jonah Hill Sells His Spec Script Adventurer's Handbook
by Alex Billington
February 12, 2009
We haven't heard much from Jonah Hill recently, and that may be because he's been shooting any number of upcoming projects, including Judd Apatow's Funny People. However, today we finally have some rather interesting Hollywood sales news to report, coming from Entertainment Weekly, about a high profile spec script that Jonah Hill wrote with his writing partner Max Winkler. It's called Adventurer's Handbook, described as an R rated "edgy, broad comedy" that is about "four 20-something guys who, inspired by a book of the same name, set out overseas in search of a mysterious location described in the book."
Apparently the script was so high profile, that it was sent on red, watermarked paper so it couldn't be photocopied. And subsequently, multiple studios started bidding on it. Initially, EW learned that Universal had made the deal, but couldn't get confirmation. A story just hit on Variety confirming that it was indeed Universal and that they spent upwards of seven figures for the script, which is quite an impressive sale for just a spec script like this. Additionally, their story mentions that Jonah Hill and Jason Schwartzman will star and that Akiva Schaffer, of multiple SNL shorts as well as Hot Rod last year, could be directing.
First off, I know this is kind of a stretch, but at first glance this reminds me of The Goonies. I know that Adventurer's Handbook has older kids and that they actually set off on a voyage, but The Goonies is sort of a buddy adventure movie and this has that same ring to it. Even if it is nothing like Goonies at all, I'm still very interested, just because it sounds like it could be pretty awesome. The plan is to start production later this year, which means it won't take too long to get going, which is always an issue in Hollywood. Maybe this will give Jonah Hill a chance to break out of his same old character for once? Too early to tell!