Leave a Comment

The two best movies that I've seen thus far this year won't be released until September. The first is Nicolas Winding Refn's Drive, which I reviewed from this year's Los Angeles Film Festival, but the second is the Johnathan Levine 50/50. A dramedy starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick, Anjelica Huston and Bryce Dallas Howard, I've previously remarked that the film is a perfect balance between drama and comedy featuring some of the greatest performances that you will see in 2011. Now, just as Winding Refn and Ryan Gosling did when it was revealed the two would be teaming up again for Only God Forgives, the folks behind 50/50 are sticking with the formula that works.

THR has learned that Rogen, Evan Goldberg, writer Will Reiser and Jonathan Levine are set to make their second film together. The project, titled Jamaica, once again draws from Reiser's personal experiences, as the story will be loosely based on a vacation he took with his grandmother when he was 14. Staying in the same formation established in 50/50, Reiser will write the script, Levine will direct, and both Rogen and Goldberg will produce.

You may not appreciate this news now, but come September 30 you are going to be thanking the heavens that this group is getting back together. Much of what makes 50/50 so incredible is how real everything feels, and all of that comes from Reiser's script, which is based on his fight with cancer. While I'd be satisfied to see this group tackle a original concept too, the fact that Reiser is calling this a passion project suggests to me that we should be heavily anticipating Jamaica now.