Jason Reitman-Diablo Cody pic to Paramount

'Young Adult' stars Charlize Theron as divorced writer

Paramount has acquired worldwide distribution rights to Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody's latest collaboration, "Young Adult."

The Mandate Pictures production stars Charlize Theron, Patrick Wilson, Elizabeth Reaser and Patton Oswalt in the original story of a divorced, young-adult fiction writer who returns to her hometown in Minnesota to chase an ex-boyfriend who's now married and has a baby.

The project, which Cody wrote and Reitman will direct, begins shooting in New York this month.

Mr. Mudd Prods.' Lianne Halfon and Russell Smith are producing the black comedy along with Mason Novick, Cody, Theron's Denver & Delilah Films and Reitman, through his Right of Way Films. Nathan Kahane, John Malkovich, Helen Estabrook and Steven Rales are executive producers.

Mary Lee, Kelli Konop, Beth Kono and Brian Bell are co-producers. Exec David Beaubaire is overseeing for the studio. Senior vp of business and legal affairs Dan Freedman negotiated all deals for Mandate Pictures.

Paramount released Reitman's last film, "Up in the Air," which grossed $161 million worldwide.

Mandate, which also produced the Reitman-Cody project "Juno," most recently produced "The Switch," and it has an untitled comedy starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen coming next year from Summit.