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David Gordon Green Directing Jonah Hill in Fox's The Sitter

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February 23, 2010

David Gordon Green / Jonah Hill

This was initially supposed to be The Wackness director Jonathan Levine's next film, but when Fox Atomic shut down, it got put on hold. Now its back with a new director and a new star. THR announces that David Gordon Green (All the Real Girls, Snow Angels, Pineapple Express, Your Highness) will be directing and Jonah Hill (Funny People, Cyrus) will star. Described as Adventures in Babysitting meets Superbad, The Sitter follows a college student, suspended for the semester & living at home with his mom, who has a night to remember when he gets talked into babysitting the kids next door: two boys and a wild 8-year-old girl.

Fox is hoping to start shooting in the fall, but of course, anything could happen. In addition to Jonathan Levine, actors Zac Efron and Zack Galifianakis were at one time interested in the project as well. I think Jonah Hill is starting to get typecast as the same person he is - just a bigger-than-average kid who always gets caught up in crazy situations. You'll already see him this summer "living at home with his mom" in the Duplass Brothers' Cyrus, so I don't know why he feels the need to keep playing roles like that. But anyway, The Sitter actually sounds like it could be great and I'm excited to see who else DGG casts, so stay tuned!

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  • Xerxex
    okay Johah Hill as a baby sitter? um...that sounds like fried gold, I'm in.
  • Craig
    I'll wait to see the trailer before I pass judgement, but there are very few popular actors I dislike more than Jonah Hill.
  • Mclane
    how the f#ck can this no talent, jabba-the-hut lookalike keep getting movie roles. It absolutely baffles me. No talent and yet he keeps getting starring roles. Its as if being shit at acting, overweight, and ugly as sin helps in hollywood.
  • Deathtoll 2010
    He has all the right friends in all the right places. To be fair though, before he got typecast in what I can only call roles designed for a younger Chris Farley, I enjoyed him in Accepted, where he played an intelligent,if somewhat misguided college student. Then Superbad happened, which was also a good role for him, unfortunately it made everyone forget that he CAN play smart roles. I also liked him in Funny People.
  • Xerxex
    Mclane judgemental much? So only pretty people can act? No fats allowed? An ugly person cannot act either?
  • Craig
    #5 I'm not the guy you're addressing, but I'm sure that #3 would agree that there are a lot of good actors who happen to be fat. He just doesn't think Hill is one of them. As for me, I think he actually is a pretty good actor. I've always found him convincing in his roles. It's just that he's never funny, and always annoying.
  • Xerxex
    I'm over generalizing his previous comment, it more exciting that way, Craig.
  • Mclane
    suck my persian cock xerxex u totally missed the point
  • Conor
    As a huge fan of DGG I really wish he'd stop his current comedy trend. What happened t his Suspiria remake, or Goat? I'm not looking forward to Your Highness, and this one just sounds like the nail in the coffin that will forever be his mainstream comedy director for hire career.
  • I 30 pages into the script and think I can safely predict this will be the funniest movie of 2010. I'm laughing out loud every 10 seconds - the script is solid gold!
  • Unfortunately it gets way too cheesy and formulaic for its own good in the second half... shame, the first 40 pages or so were brilliant and cutting. If they rewrote to make it a little less speechifying, more subtle and less action towards the end, this could still be a real winner. David Gordon Green is the perfect director for this though - the film has the kind of 80s feel of Pineapple Express and there's room for some beautiful wonder moments. The script also feels like it was written for Jonah Hill in mind. In fact, it feels like the casts of Superbad and Pineapple Express could all find an equivalent role in this script (which makes it feel a little too derivative).

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