Confirmed: Jason Reitman Attached to Pierre Pierre
Finally after being rumored, it's officially confirmed - Juno director Jason Reitman's is attached to direct Pierre Pierre, with Jim Carrey set to star. The script was ranked #11 on the 2007 Black List (which you can find at SlashFilm) and has been in Reitman's sights for a while. In our interview with him back in December, we asked him about Pierre Pierre and he said that "it's one of the funniest scripts I've ever read" and that he was looking into it. Now he's got himself a confirmed directing gig and it sounds like after Reitman finishes producing Jennifer's Body, this might be the production he moves into later in the year.
Pierre Pierre is described as similar to Borat with a story that follows a "self-indulgent, lazy, French nihilist who is transporting a stolen Mona Lisa from Paris to London." Throughout the journey "he comes to love his home country again." The script was written by first-time writing duo Edwin Cannistraci and Frederick Seton. The budget is expected to be around $13 million, which is double that of Reitman's previous budgets of $6.5 million (Thank You for Smoking) and $7 million (Juno). Although the script was initially purchased by Fox Searchlight for the high price of $1 million, production has moved under the Fox Atomic studio label - which is not a good sign.
This will not necessarily being Reitman's next film, but it is a project that might be slated for production after the possible actors strike this summer. In the meantime, Reitman will be working on Jennifer's Body as well as possibly another unannounced feature.
It's odd to hear that Reitman is directing a foreign film, in a sense, as I feel like he's somewhat of a very American director (not that I even know what that means). But looking at his last two movies - Thank You for Smoking and Juno - it's kind of hard to imagine him jumping over to Europe on this one. But then again, he loves a challenge, so this will be a great chance for him to challenge himself again. Either way, this should be great, and I really hope he gets a great performance out of Jim Carrey.
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