Four years ago, director Jason Reitman found a screenplay by a writer named Diablo Cody and decided to make it his second movie after his acclaimed debut Thank You For Smoking. The resulting movie Juno was an enormous hit, garnering multiple Oscar nominations and an unprecedented win for Cody’s very first produced screenplay.
Now, Cody and Reitman have reunited for Young Adult, a dark comedy that has Charlize Theron playing fiction writer Mavis Gary, whose impending divorce leads her back to her small hometown of Mercury, where she plots to get her ex-boyfriend Buddy (Patrick Wilson) back even though he’s married with a new child. After arriving in town, Mavis ends up connecting with Patton Oswalt’s Matt Freehauf, an old acquaintance from high school who is as damaged physically as Mavis is emotionally, but the two form an uneasy alliance while she’s in town.
It’s certainly an interesting follow-up to Juno, one that maintains Cody’s dark and cynical sense of humor but involves people who talk like normal people (sorry Juno!) and the interaction between Theron and Oswalt is certainly one of the things that makes the film so entertaining. (You can read our review here.)
ComingSoon.net had a chance to sit down with screenwriter Diablo Cody and actor-comedian Patton Oswalt to talk about their latest endeavor.
First up, we have Diablo Cody, whom we’ve spoken to quite a few times, both before and after her Oscar win for Juno; some of the things we discussed this time around include:
* How this isn’t the type of movie studios normally make
* When Jason Reitman agreed to direct it
* How her relationship with Jason has changed
* Their collaboration process
* How Hollywood has changed as indie directors infiltrate the system
* Why she decided to direct a movie herself
* She tells us that the metal band “Lamb of God” means they’re looking for a new title
* Having really strong female characters in all her movies
* Why we don’t see enough women who feel real in movies
* More about her plans for her directorial debut
Next up, we have Patton Oswalt, whom we also had a chance to speak to before for his independent drama Big Fan, which received many raves for Oswalt’s portrayal of an obsessive sports fan, both when it premiered at Sundance and after its release. Matt Freehauf is another terrific role for the stand-up comic who most people may associate with his stint on Kevin James’ CBS sitcom “The King of Queens” or as the voice of Brad Bird’s Ratatouille.
In the video interview below, we spoke with Oswalt about:
* How he got involved with the project
* How the character of Matt changed in the script-reading process
* The relationship between Matt and Charlize Theron’s character
* Whether or not you really can go home
* Matt’s hobby of customizing action figures
* Whether being taken seriously as an actor is important to him
* What he’s been doing as a writer
Young Adult opens in select cities on Friday, December 9 and then opens wide on December 16.