Jonathan Levine Directing Anna Kendrick in I'm With Cancer
by Alex Billington
January 5, 2010
Do you remember hearing about the autobiographical "cancer comedy" called I'm With Cancer written by Will Reiser and being produced by Seth Rogen? We first wrote about it years ago when it came in at #9 on the 2008 Black List. THR has an update on the project, which we thought was about ready to be shelved forever, reporting that not only has The Wackness director Jonathan Levine been hired to direct (in place of Nicole Holofcener), but the talented Anna Kendrick (last seen in Up in the Air) will co-star. She joins a cast currently made up of James McAvoy and Seth Rogen (with more to be added soon I'm sure). Read on!
The screenplay, which is apparently still untitled (though it was originally called I'm With Cancer), is about a 25-year-old who learns that he has cancer. It's based on the real experiences of screenwriter/producer Will Reiser, who was diagnosed with cancer and successfully battled the disease over several years. Kendrick will play Katherine, a young psychologist assigned to handle Adam's case despite her lack of experience (which sounds a little too similar to her role in Up in the Air). The film will begin shooting in February this year up in Vancouver. Mandate Pictures is developing. Seth Rogen, Evan Goldeberg, and Ben Karlin are producing.
Not only am I a huge fan of The Wackness and Jonathan Levine, but I love Anna Kendrick as well, so this news couldn't be any better. With Levine behind the lens as well as Kendrick, McAvoy, and Rogen in front, I'm expecting nothing but brilliance. This has the makings of a huge break out hit, so don't forget about it!