Squid and the Whale Star Signs on for Greg Mottola's Superbad Follow-Up

Welcome back, Mr. Mottola.

by | August 23, 2007 | Comments

It’s been sort of lost in all the hoopla surrounding Judd Apatow, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, and Michael Cera, but one of the nicest stories to come out of the hit comedy Superbad is the return of its director, Greg Mottola, who took the job after a ten-year layoff from film. Now that Superbad is a success, it’s opening more doors for its principals — including Mottola, whose next project has just been announced.

According to Variety, that project is Adventureland, an autobiographical comedy Mottola wrote about the summer after he graduated college. From the article:

Story, set in the summer of 1987, concerns an uptight recent college grad who’s forced to take a minimum-wage job at the local amusement park after realizing he can’t afford his dream European tour. The experience helps him to loosen up a bit as he finds first love, forms new friendships and matures just in time to enter the real world in the fall.

It sounds like a movie we’ve all seen before — more than once, even — but hey, Superbad‘s outline wouldn’t win any points for originality either, and in any case, Apatow is like the Bill Walsh of film comedy right now; seemingly everyone he hires winds up going on to greater success. According to the Variety article, as well as an MTV Movies report, Jesse Eisenberg — star of The Hunting Party and The Squid and the Whale — has signed on as the lead. Eisenberg tells MTV Movies:

“I play a lot of directors’ awkward stages in their lives,” he observed with a smile. “It’s based on Greg Mottola and it’s about him getting a job at this theme park. It’s his life after college,” Eisenberg explained and added that the comedy won’t be nearly as broad as “Superbad.” “It’s probably closer [in tone] to ‘The Daytrippers,'” Eisenberg said, recalling an earlier Mottola effort.

The project is scheduled to begin filming in Pittsburgh in six weeks. Just in case you’re interested in a detailed rundown of the characters in the script — and, yes, some spoilerish plot details — click on through to the Moviehole link below.

Source: Variety
Source: MTV Movies
Source: Moviehole

Tag Cloud

movies historical drama Winners 24 frames Sundance Nat Geo theme song dragons El Rey USA Network Epix A&E Podcast IFC Films anime LGBT Heroines FX adaptation Amazon crime thriller USA quibi Paramount Network Trivia Fox News Tumblr miniseries sports PBS TNT based on movie Family halloween Watching Series Extras DGA HBO Max sequel jamie lee curtis Shudder Rocketman hispanic DC Comics Spectrum Originals Apple TV+ comic Spike GLAAD Britbox cooking facebook Countdown talk show MSNBC Masterpiece WGN canceled disaster children's TV Paramount Rom-Com latino MCU Teen justice league Food Network DC streaming service The Arrangement Anna Paquin singing competition Comics on TV Cosplay spy thriller E3 slashers Reality Awards Tour Infographic TLC cops The CW tv talk PaleyFest streaming Hulu crime Drama Amazon Prime Schedule Mary poppins Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt psycho 21st Century Fox elevated horror romance Pop Pride Month VICE Certified Fresh Musicals dceu The Walking Dead Trailer unscripted Television Academy CMT Super Bowl festivals Quiz BBC America blaxploitation Photos SDCC 20th Century Fox Disney Channel YouTube Writers Guild of America Sneak Peek spinoff Sony Pictures Acorn TV Summer X-Men cancelled TV series YA zombies supernatural Spring TV aliens what to watch Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Music San Diego Comic-Con Star Wars Binge Guide Peacock FOX ghosts Warner Bros. CW Seed FXX Universal television First Reviews Lucasfilm Western technology Awards animated President biography composers Premiere Dates Grammys Film Festival toy story Mary Poppins Returns Lionsgate Nominations binge Sci-Fi cars serial killer 2016 See It Skip It cancelled TV shows comiccon Pirates cults period drama political drama RT21 Set visit NBC Trophy Talk HBO zombie book cats Winter TV Mindy Kaling APB American Society of Cinematographers Captain marvel medical drama richard e. Grant ratings Rock psychological thriller Ghostbusters Tarantino Biopics TCA Vudu Mudbound Ellie Kemper 2017 CNN ABC Family Lifetime space TV Land CBS Pet Sematary Esquire CBS All Access natural history Horror TCA 2017 science fiction GIFs strong female leads DirecTV docudrama spanish language First Look mutant Election Disney kids finale Women's History Month Syfy Best and Worst MTV Calendar Holidays zero dark thirty Dark Horse Comics AMC Interview foreign Oscars award winner 2019 OWN 007 Stephen King Reality Competition National Geographic Toys social media Tomatazos anthology RT History cinemax SXSW Fantasy Disney Plus Emmys Shondaland renewed TV shows diversity robots true crime VH1 harry potter Mary Tyler Moore boxoffice Freeform NYCC war Cartoon Network Elton John 2018 travel Chernobyl Song of Ice and Fire DC Universe Opinion TCM Christmas teaser Kids & Family Superheroe green book Brie Larson Rocky Video Games series vampires Comedy Central LGBTQ crime drama Logo YouTube Premium Disney streaming service Film GoT TIFF spain cancelled Apple Ovation Animation TV Sundance Now ITV New York Comic Con BBC YouTube Red stand-up comedy Walt Disney Pictures discovery E! Marvel dramedy Character Guide video Netflix History SundanceTV cancelled television canceled TV shows Cannes Bravo Comedy casting 2015 mockumentary doctor who Mystery Musical 71st Emmy Awards Creative Arts Emmys golden globes Marathons south america revenge spider-man Crackle game of thrones Comic Book dc nature ESPN IFC Amazon Prime Video Nickelodeon politics joker Fall TV Arrowverse WarnerMedia ABC thriller Showtime Red Carpet The Witch Thanksgiving batman TBS police drama Year in Review Polls and Games game show Adult Swim TV renewals 45 Superheroes sitcom Black Mirror Star Trek Martial Arts Box Office TruTV Valentine's Day free movies Emmy Nominations Pixar hist Country Starz transformers crossover witnail Columbia Pictures Action BET adventure