'Superbad' helmer will put it in park


Greg Mottola, fresh off directing "Superbad," is off to "Adventureland."

The director will helm the coming-of-age comedy that sees Miramax Films and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment teaming with indie shingle This Is That. Mottola also wrote the script for the movie, to which Jesse Eisenberg ("The Squid and the Whale") is attached to star.

Taking place in summer 1987, the story follows an uptight recent college grad who is forced to take a degrading minimum-wage job at the local amusement park when he realizes he can't afford his dream European tour. The experience helps him to loosen up a bit as he finds first love, forms new friendships and emerges with a newfound sense of maturity just in time to enter the real world in the fall.

Ted Hope and Anne Carey of This Is That ("The Savages," "Nothing Is Private") will produce along with Sidney Kimmel. Executive producers are William Horberg and Bruce Toll. Production is set to begin in the fall in Pittsburgh.

Mike Falbo, director of production and development, and creative executive Lauren Levy will oversee for Miramax.

Eisenberg is repped by WMA. Mottola, whose credits include "The Daytrippers" and episodes of "Undeclared," is repped by UTA.