No longer living in the shadow of his once upon a time famous and acclaimed father, Ivan Reitman, who scored his first and only Oscar nom for co-producing Jason’s “Up in the Air” (oh, the irony), the helmer of “Juno” is looking to cast Adam Sandler, Jennifer Garner, Rosemarie DeWitt and Cameron Diaz in his next film.
Wait, what? Is that a joke? I wouldn’t be surprised if it is, though I’m afraid we’ll have to take it seriously for the time being.
Now, let’s try to calm down and see exactly how bad that cast might be (remember, nothing’s set in stone just yet, thank God) compared with recent J. Reitman pics. The best answer I can come up with is it could be as bad as Ivan’s following of “Ghostbusters” (Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, amazeballs) with… “Twins” (Arnold Schwarzeneger, Danny DeVito, Kelly Preston, oy vey). Maybe worse.
Remember, Jason might have not had a great deal of stars on his hands for “Young Adult” (albeit Charlize Theron is better than Garner and Diaz put together), but he has “Labor Day” coming up, a drama starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin.
So, as much as it pains me to ask this, when is the “Labor Day” follow-up, titled “Men, Women and Children”, supposed to start filming? Apparently, this November, which doesn’t leave a lot of room for drastic changes. Yet, as long as there’s the smallest window of time, there’s hope. At least for ditching the “Sandman”.