Jason Reitman has written an adaptation of Chad Cultgen’s novel Men, Women & Children, a mix of comedy and drama that’s described as “A shocking, salacious, and surprisingly subtle new novel of the average American family.” Reportedly, Reitman has his eyes on Adam Sandler, Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Garner and Rosemarie DeWitt to star in the film.
Sandler is an interesting choice as although his recent films have been generally lazy and lowbrow, the comedian has been known to branch out before into what one might call ‘acting’. In 2003 he nabbed a Best Actor nomination at the Golden Globes for his performance in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Punch Drunk Love. He played against type once again in James L. Brooks’ Spanglish, giving a more subdued performance than usual. He also showed range depicting an angry, bitter comedian in the Judd Apatow dramedy Funny People. Then there was his performance in Reign Over Me in which he played a mentally unstable 9/11 widower. The sad truth of it is, whenever Sandler takes a detour from Happy Madison land his fans don’t go with him. Although all of the preceding movies have been considered box-office failures, Sandler has enough $100 million dollar hits that he’ll be just fine switching it up once in a while.
Here’s the synopsis of the film:
Explores the sexual pressures of junior high school students and their parents navigating the internet’s shared landscape of pornography, blogs, social networking, and its promise of opportunities, escapes, reinvented identities, and unexpected conflicts.
Of course none of these actors have been confirmed yet so this cast may completely change once the film goes into production.
Reitman’s previous films Thank You for Smoking and Up in the Air were also adapted from novels. His new film Labor Day starring Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin, and Tobey Maguire is based on a book as well. That film is set for release on January 31st, 2014. Men, Women & Children could start production as early as November, so expect casting confirmations to be announced soon.