Jason Reitman May Direct Adam Sandler in 'Men, Women & Children'
by Ethan Anderton
September 4, 2013
Lately, Adam Sandler has been caught up in his usual goofy antics with comedic disasters like Grown Ups 2, That's My Boy and Jack & Jill. However, it sounds like we might get the return of the true actor side of Sandler that we've seen sparsely in films like Punch-Drunk Love, Spanglish, Reign Over Me and Funny People. Deadline has word that Jason Reitman (Juno, Thank You for Smoking and Up in the Air) will direct an adaptation of Chad Kultgen's novel Men, Woman & Children with Sandler, Jennifer Garner and Rosemarie DeWitt currently circling lead roles in the film looking to start production in November.
Here's the description of the book from the back cover:
Chad Kultgen, cult hero and author of the buzz-generating illicit classics 'The Average American Male' and 'The Lie,' cuts to the quick of the American psyche like no other author writing today. In 'Men, Women & Children' he explores the sexual pressures at work on a handful of troubled, conflicted junior-high students and their equally dysfunctional parents. From porn-surfing fathers to World of Warcraft-obsessed sons, from competitive cheerleaders to their dissatisfied, misguided mothers, Kultgen clicks open the emotionally treacherous culture in which we live—in his most ambitious and surprising book yet.
Cameron Diaz is reportedly circling a role in the film as well, but there aren't any done deals yet. Indian Paintbrush is currently in talks to finance the film which would be produced by Reitman's Right Of Way banner along with Mr. Mudd, the two company's which teamed up for Reitman's current festival entry Labor Day (ready Alex's review from Telluride right here). Everything is still coming together, so some of these cast members might not fall into place in the end, but we're hoping Sandler sticks with this project, because it will certainly be another milestone performance for his career. Stay tuned.