Seth Rogen Picks Up Will Reiser's I'm With Cancer Project
by Alex Billington
October 10, 2008
Will Reiser's autobiographical comedy I'm With Cancer has been picked up by Mandate Pictures for Seth Rogen and writing partner Evan Goldberg to produce. The script is about Reiser's struggle to beat cancer, with a story centering on a 25-year-old who finds out he has the disease. Reiser was a producer for a few HBO and VH1 shows, including "Da Ali G Show". Rogen will have a supporting role in the film and I'm guessing Mandate will look for some big name actors and a director to turn this in a hit comedy. So although cancer really isn't funny, I'm expecting this to be a great comedy if Rogen took an interest in it.
Rogen and Goldberg are writing and producing Jay and Seth vs the Apocalypse for Mandate as well. I'm With Cancer is being fast tracked and will go out to directors this month in hopes of being pushed into production right away. This is one of those projects with so much confusing information, that I'm really not sure what to think about it yet. It doesn't seem like Rogen and Goldberg are actually writing the script, but I may be wrong. And I'm wondering what will make this so unique - what is the life of this guy all about in order to make it a good comedy? It'll be worth keeping an eye on, but that's about it for now.
Reader Feedback - 10 Comments
NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO!
D-9 on Oct 10, 2008
Right on. Cancer really isn't funny, but there are a few out there who have found humor and light in dark places. Take Marisa Acocella Marchetto's incredible graphic novel Cancer Vixen or Miriam Engelberg's book Cancer Made Me a Shallower Person. Here's a great example from Cancer Vixen's cartoon blog: http://www.healthcentral.com/breast-cancer/c/26659/21376/aka-sex
Sarah Park on Oct 10, 2008
I had cancer and was working on a similar script.... I'm excited and sad that I was beat my the person I hoped would do it... Rogen... But anyway -- Cancer is funny. Everything is. Or can be.
Matthew K on Oct 10, 2008
Oh my Jesus! My Mom dies of cancer and not funny period. Is nothing sacred to this piece of crap Rogen? What a waste. I just despise him.
Nut-Meg on Oct 10, 2008
Bad Form Alex! Why do you support this un-funny Ass!?
mavericky on Oct 10, 2008
BULLSHIT! My Mother, Brother and Brother in Law. ALL DEAD because of cancer. FUCK ROGEN! FUCK HIM!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This shit is not funny. Just awful. Censer this PRICK!
Tim "Cloverfield" on Oct 11, 2008
I just read an early review of Zach and Miri Make a Porno It looks fricken awesome! I love Keven Smith (even Jersey Girl) and can't wait to see it.
Matt on Oct 13, 2008
fuck this film. me and my friend had the same concept of a comedy, and then i find this fucking shit. i was relying on this, this movie was the only good thing in my life. i had a lot of great ideas for this shit. FUCK. now i have to think of something else. thanks a lot people working on this movies, thanks.
Oll Tymers on Nov 1, 2008
I am currently a 22 year old with cancer. The last film that was released about cancer had more to do with milking the pockets of America then portraying the truth of this horrible disease (it featured Cameron Diaz). I look forward to seeing a movie where people focus on laughter and the good stuff in life no matter how horrible their situation might be.
Jacqueline Diane on Aug 5, 2009
Re: Jacqueline I'm a survivor (29 yrs old) and actually feel the opposite. I'm frankly sick of cancer patients portrayed as positive angels who are completely at peace with the world. I can't comment on the Diaz movie you referenced (haven't seen it), but I know I would love to see a realistic portrayal of a person facing a potentially terminal illness. That means moments of laughter, sure, but more importantly the fear, worry, anger, frustration, confusion, anxiety, PAIN, heartache, helplessness and all the other baggage that comes along with "cancer." I fear this film will conveniently censor the dark side of cancer, but I hope it doesn't.
Chris Rodriguez on Nov 1, 2009
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