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Jason Reitman Picks Up Film Rights to Novel 'Elliot Allagash'

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June 23, 2010

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With three feature films under his directorial belt, Jason Reitman has made quite the name for himself as an A-List writer and director, and in many ways already seems to have outdone his father Ivan Reitman, to a certain extent. And when you're as hot as Jason Reitman, your list of potential future projects keeps growing all the time. THR adds another adaptation to that list as Reitman and his new production company Right of Way Films have optioned the movie rights to "Saturday Night Live" writer Simon Rich's recent novel Elliot Allagash, a satiric take on private schools and the excesses of the rich. But will he direct the adaptation?

As of now, Reitman only intends to produce, but the potential for him to direct hasn't necessarily been ruled out yet (though it wouldn't be for a while). The project sounds like it could be a fun foray into private school shenanigans as the story follows Seymour Herson, a boy who's regularly picked on at his private school until he is taken under the wing of the book's title character, a teen who regularly gets drunk and enjoys villainy. While it would be a great project for Reitman to direct, he's already got a full slate, including an adaptation of Joyce Maynard's novel Labor Day, which Reitman already confirmed previously will be his next project.

And let's not forget other projects like the original film Pierre Pierre, which ended up in the #11 spot on the 2007 Black List, and the Rainn Wilson ninja comedy Bonzai Shadowhands (which sounds awesome), along with many, many more. As always, we'll keep you updated. What do you think of Reitman's line-up?

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  • almartva
    It sounds like he is got an interesting catalog of indie movies but I don't think he will outdo his father until he directs a successful blockbuster.

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