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Levine Sitting in on ‘Sitter’

The director behind the long delayed All the Boys Love Mandy Lane (will Senator ever release this film?) and Sundance semi-hit The Wackness has landed another possible directing gig for the big studio folks. THR reports that Jonathan Levine will lense The Sitter for Fox Atomic. The helmer is apparently joining a project that had many studios wondering what a current day Elisabeth Shue might look like. The spec began a bidding war that was settled back in January.

The director behind the long delayed All the Boys Love Mandy Lane (will Senator ever release this film?) and Sundance semi-hit The Wackness has landed another possible directing gig for the big studio folks. THR reports that Jonathan Levine will lense The Sitter for Fox Atomic. The helmer is apparently joining a project that had many studios wondering what a current day Elisabeth Shue might look like. The spec began a bidding war that was settled back in January.

Brian Gatewood and Alessandro Tanaka wrote the screenplay, which is described as a cross between “Superbad” and “Adventures in Babysitting”. This is about a college student, suspended for the semester and living back at home with his single mom, who has a night to remember when he gets talked into baby-sitting the eccentric kids next door — two boys and a wild 8-year-old girl.

I’m not sure where this falls in Levine’s current slate of projects in development. Back in July of last year, the director was attached to a rom thriller (Positive) and a spy thriller (Echelon Vendetta).

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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