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Eric Bana and More Joining 'Up in the Air' Writer's Directorial Debut

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March 29, 2011
Source: 24 Frames

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After making a big splash as a 2009 Oscar nominee for his screenplay adapting Up in the Air for Jason Reitman, we heard almost a year ago that writer Sheldon Turner would make his directorial debut with By Virtue Fall. Later we found out that Colin Farrell and Eric Bana were looking to join the project, but neither was too pleased with the amount of their paycheck. Since then Farrell has gone on to take a role in the Total Recall remake, but now Bana has officially joined the drama about two ATF agents who find themselves on opposite sides of the friendship divide after one sells out the other. In addition, even more casting has been unveiled.

24 Frames says the actor is hoping to shoot the film after completing production Blackbird, the thriller formerly known as KIN with Olivia Wilde. Joining Bana will be James Spader ("Boston Legal"), Ryan Phillippe (MacGruber) and Carla Gugino (Sucker Punch) though their roles have not yet been revealed. Also, unless Phillippe or Spader is playing the other ATF agent, we're also waiting to hear who will star opposite Bana in the story. There's no doubt in Turner's skills as a writer after scripting Up in the Air, but it will be interesting to see how he fares behind the camera. It helps that Turner also wrote the script so hopefully he can deliver a great film. What do you think?

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  • Random Fact Man
    Sheldon Turner didn't write Up in the Air for Jason Reitman. Reitman wrote his own adaptation of the book separately. They never once wrote with eachother or for eachother. The academy credited both of them though as the writers.
  • Karl
    Do your research, kid. "Long before Reitman had ever read “Up in the Air,” Turner had adapted Kirn’s book into what insiders say is a close version of the finished product. Reitman ended up writing his own draft anyway, though no one quite knows how Reitman’s screenplay became a movie that looks a lot like Turner’s original. In order to get the matter settled, the two writers were brought to arbitration at the Writers Guild, where in the end, the guild ruled in Turner’s favor."
    • Random Fact Man
      Read my comment again. They never wrote WITH each other. Turner never wrote it for Reitman either. That's all i was saying. They just happened to write a screenplay of the same book. I'm sure Reitman had to buy the rights from Turner or the producer who originally owned it. What am i missing?

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