Jason Reitman & Nick Hornby Teaming Up for New Bank Heist Film
He's headed back to Searchlight. After releasing his latest film Men, Women & Children this fall, filmmaker Jason Reitman is lining up projects to jump into next. THR has announced one of them that he's now attached to direct, an adaptation of the Texas Monthly true-life story I Would Only Rob Banks for My Family written by Skip Hollandsworth. The project was picked up by Fox Searchlight with Nick Hornby on the script. Reitman worked with Searchlight previously distributing his early films Juno and Thank You For Smoking. However, his most recent films – Up in the Air, Young Adult, Labor Day and Men, Women & Children – were all released by Paramount. Honestly I'm glad to see Reitman back at Searchlight yet again.
The entire article can be read here on TexasMonthly.com, but the story behind "I Would Only Rob Banks for My Family" involves a "seemingly ordinary Texas family who pulled off two bold heists before they were caught attempting a third." Another one of Skip Hollandsworth's stories was adapted into the movie Bernie, an underrated gem from Richard Linklater. It will be very interesting to see Reitman adapt this story for the big screen, and based on what little I've read about the family (so far), this sounds perfectly suited for his sensibilities as a filmmaker. Charming family that's actually bank robbers? I'm looking forward to it already.
Oscar nominated screenwriter/novelist Nick Hornby is adapting the story for Reitman. Hornby last adapted Wild (Cheryl Strayed's book) for Fox Searchlight and also wrote the script for Lone Scherfig's An Education.
The project is being produced by Jason Reitman's father, Ivan Reitman, at his own company Montecito Picture Company. THR adds that, "it is unclear" if this will be his next film after Reitman finishes working on the Hulu series Casual. Right of Way's Helen Estabrook is also producing along with Montecito's Ali Bell. David Greenbaum and Dantram Nguyen are overseeing for Fox Searchlight. Reitman achieved quite a bit of success with Juno and Thank You For Smoking at Fox Searchlight, but also earned Oscar nominations with Paramount releasing Up in the Air. However, his last three films have performed terribly at the box office and I'm glad to see him back at a studio that truly knows how to nurture a filmmaker like Jason Reitman.