With Juno, Jason
Reitman struck the kind of lightning-rod success that can’t be bought. He took on the film after finding modest
success with Thank You for Smoking,
his debut, and by the time its run was over, he had become the man behind the
word-of-mouth smash of 2007 and a surprise Oscar nominee.
With that kind of overnight exposure, it should come as no
surprise that he passed Juno scribe
Diablo Cody’s possessed-cheerleader flick Jennifer’s
Body off to a different director. Instead he'll helm the more commercially friendly Up in the Air, a dramedy about a man who specializes in corporate
downsizing and whose chief goal in life is to collect frequent flier miles. And it
looks like he made the right choice: he has George Clooney in talks for the lead
Reitman, whose fortunes appear limitless, has long been
interested in the project, an adaptation of the novel by Walter Kirn. If the deal goes through, Clooney's addition will officially make it an A-list production, the only kind we can likely expect
to see from Reitman for some time.
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