Paramount Pictures and Indian Paintbrush jointly announced today they will co-produce, and Paramount will distribute, Academy Award-nominated writer/director Jason Reitman's Labor Day starring Academy Award-winner Kate Winslet and Academy Award nominee Josh Brolin. Indian Paintbrush will co-finance the project, with the company's Steven M. Rales and Mark Roybal executive producing.
The movie will be produced by Academy Award-nominated producers Lianne Halfon and Russell Smith of Mr. Mudd Productions, along with Reitman and Helen Estabrook of Right of Way Films.
Adapted by Reitman and based on the novel by Joyce Maynard, Labor Day tells the story of an escaped convict (Brolin) who seeks shelter with a single mom (Winslet) and her young son over a long Labor Day weekend.
The film marks the fourth collaboration for Jason Reitman and Paramount. His latest film Young Adult, starring Charlize Theron, will hit theaters on December 9, 2011. The studio previously released his Academy-Award nominated Up in the Air in 2010. Earning over $160 million world-wide, the movie earned six Academy-Award nominations, and five Golden Globe nominations, with Reitman taking home the Golden Globe for Best Adapted Screenplay.
Indian Paintbrush, Mr. Mudd and Right of Way Films also produced the upcoming Paramount Vantage film Jeff Who Lives at Home, starring Jason Segel and Ed Helms. Directed by Jay and Mark Duplass, the movie is set for release in March 2012 and will have its world premiere at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival.