Squid and the Whale Star Signs on for Greg Mottola's Superbad Follow-Up
Welcome back, Mr. Mottola.
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: MTV Movies