Jason Reitman's Next Film 'Men, Women & Children' Begins Shooting
by Alex Billington
December 16, 2013
He's got a new film (Labor Day) that is just about to hit theaters, and he's already starting production on his next one. Canadian filmmaker Jason Reitman has been on a roll, and Paramount has sent out a press release announcing "that principal photography has commenced" on his next film, titled Men, Women & Children. Adapted from the Chad Kultgen's novel of the same name with Reitman directing from a script he co-wrote with Erin Cressida Wilson, the film is shooting in and around Austin, Texas now and stars Rosemarie Dewitt, Jennifer Garner, Judy Greer, Dean Norris, Adam Sandler & Emma Thompson. Read on.
The original book "explores the sexual pressures at work on a handful of troubled, conflicted junior-high students and their equally dysfunctional parents," but Reitman has adapted it into the story of a group of high school teenagers and their parents as they attempt to navigate the many ways the internet has changed their relationships, their communication, their self-image, and their love lives. The film attempts to stare down social issues such as video game culture, anorexia, infidelity, fame hunting, and the proliferation of illicit material on the internet. As each character and each relationship is tested, we are shown the variety of roads people choose - some tragic, some hopeful - as it becomes clear that no one is immune to this enormous social change that has come through our phones, our tablets, and our computers.
The ensemble cast also features a group of young actors including Timothée Chalamet (Interstellar), Olivia Crocicchia (Terri), Kaitlyn Dever (Short Term 12), Ansel Elgort (Divergent), Katherine Hughes (Roadies), Elena Kampouris (Labor Day) and Travis Tope (The Town That Dreaded Sundown). Narrated by Emma Thompson, the film’s ensemble cast features Sandler and DeWitt as Don and Rachel Truby, and Tope as their son Chris. Garner stars as Patricia Beltmeyer with Dever as her daughter Brandy. Greer is Joan Clint and Crocicchia is daughter Hannah. Norris plays Kent Mooney with Elgort playing his son Tim. Hughes & Kampouris play cheerleaders Brooke Benton & Allison Doss, respectively, and Chalamet is a football player.
No release date is set, but we expect to see this sometime in 2014, most likely with a debut in the fall. In the meantime, Jason Reitman's Labor Day with Kate Winslet & Josh Brolin opens wide release January 31st.