Jason Reitman has been hired as director of the dark comedy, Juno for Mandate Pictures; Reitman will also serve as executive producer through his Hard C production company.

The Thank You For Smoking writer and director takes over for Brad Silberling, who, according to Variety, recently left due to creative differences over casting. The film, written by Diablo Cody, takes a look at the difficult choices facing a pregnant teen, in a comedic way.

Production for Juno is scheduled for an early fall start.