Jonah Hill is The Sitter

February 24, 2010

Jonah Hill has signed onto a comedy that's been picked up and dropped more times than Aunt Jemima's favorite porcelain doll. Back when the project was at Fox Atomic -- before Atomic exploded -- Jonathan Levine was going to direct. Now the film has a brand new director who's equally as talented as Levine.

David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express, Your Highness) is now attached to direct, and Hill will play the eponymous babysitter (played by Elisabeth Shue in the 1987 original). Hill will play a college student suspended for a semester and banished to his mother's house for the summer, which is when he takes on a job to babysit a couple boys and an 8 year-old girl over one crazy night:

The duo's involvement reinvigorates the comedy that originally began life as a spec by Brian Gatewood and Alessandro Tanaka at Fox Atomic. The project consistently has attracted strong talent; Jonathan Levine was attached to direct it when it was at Atomic, and Zac Efron and Zach Galifianakis have circled it. A fall start date is being eyed.

This seems like a good fit for Hill, who plays the bumbling, clumsy man-child with ease. It doesn't look like he's searching for roles that are a real stretch for him these days, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. This definitely has a Superbad feel to it -- now if only he had Michael Cera to babysit with him and we'd have a sequel on our hands.

So is this going to be way better than the original, or is it going to be harder on the eyes now that we won't have Shue to ogle for 90 minutes? It's hard not to get excited about this, if only because Green is directing. He's a young director who's shown lots of promise as both a dramatic director and one who can handle comedic material in original ways.

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