Mandate Pictures is moving fast on the feature comedy Jamaica, which will reunite the studio with the team behind the comedic drama 50/50, which stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen and Anna Kendrick and is due out in September. Like that movie, Will Reiser is writing the screenplay based on his real-life experiences, Jonathan Levine is directing, and Rogen and Evan Goldberg are producing through their Point Grey Pictures. Plot details are thin on Jamaica, but it is loosely based on a vacation Reiser took to the island nation with his grandmother when he was 14 (“This is a story that I’ve long wanted to tell. It’s something of a passion project for me,” he said in the press release announcing the deal). Reiser, Point Grey’s James Weaver and Mandate’s Nathan Kahane and Nicole Brown are executive producing. “Will is an exceptional writer with so many amusing life experiences to pull from, and he has a unique instinct to bring out tender moments in comical situations,” Kahane said.
Rogen, Goldberg and Reiser are repped by UTA; Levine is repped by CAA and managed by Ragna Nervik. Reiser is managed by Thruline Entertainment, and Rogen is managed by Principal Entertainment. Dan Freedman, Mandate’s SVP Business Affairs, negotiated the deals for the company.