You gotta have faith, and even though his critically drubbed computer panic movie “Men, Women & Children” had one of the worst leaps from limited to wide release this year, Jason Reitman still has friends in the right places. And he’s lining up a new feature film project has some pretty big names behind it.
Reitman will direct an adaptation of the excellent, must read Texas Monthly article, “I Only Rob Banks For My Family,” with Nick Hornby (“About A Boy,” “Fever Pitch,” “High Fidelity“) penning the script. The true story comes from Skip Hollandsworth, who also penned the article that inspired Richard Linklater‘s “Bernie,” and, as the title suggests, it centers on a bank robbing family whose criminal activities finally caught up with them. Perhaps it’s the kind of lighter fare Reitman needs to reignite his filmmaker juices after the two more mature efforts, “Labor Day” and the aforementioned “Men, Women & Children.”
Once Reitman wraps his work on the Hulu series “Casual,” this will be his next feature gig. His pop Ivan Reitman will produce, with the project housed over at Fox Searchlight. Could this get Reitman back on track? Let’s hope so, because it seems finely attuned to his dramedic sensibilities.