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Writer-director Jonathan Kasdan has set up his next project, The First Time, with Castle Rock Entertainment.
Kasdan wrote and will direct the teen romance, which focuses on the first weekend in the blooming love between a boy and a girl in high school. Castle Rock, where Kasdan made his 2007 writing-directing debut, In the Land of Women, was the first place the writer-director thought to take the material.
“They made Before Sunrise, which was a small film,” says Kasdan. “This is thematically and almost structurally smiliar to that. It’s really just two large parts — a boy and a girl. They meet, and it’s the first throes of their relationship.”
Then he laughs and adds: “Before it gets bad, like they all inevitably do.”
Castle Rock president Liz Glotzer is producing, and casting is underway now for a planned late-spring shoot in L.A.
Castle Rock recently produced Did You Hear About the Morgans? and Flipped. The company next has the action film Faster coming out from CBS Films in late November and the comedy Friends With Benefits releasing through Screen Gems in July.
“This is a traditional high school romance that you don’t see a lot of right now,” says the UTA-repped Kasdan. “It’s not broad comedy, it’s not real serious, either. It’s in that Say Anything kind of genre that is rare these days. I wanted to see a movie like that, so I thought I’d write one.”
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