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Seth Rogen, “50/50” team thinking “Jamaica” – AWARDS ALLEY


By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Jonathan Levine’s moving cancer comedy “50/50” doesn’t open until next week (on Sept. 30 … see it once it reaches a theater near you), but that hasn’t stopped the creative team behind the picture from singling out their next collaborative effort.

Will Reiser, who penned “50/50” following his own bout with The Big C, is getting to work on a new script titled “Jamaica” that he tells EW.com is loosely based on a vacation experience he had as a teenager.

“The travel agent screwed up and booked us at a couples’ resort,” Reiser explains. “I was 14, at the height of puberty in Jamaica with my Grandmother. The first day we were there I realized, nobody knew this in my family because she had hid it, but she was suffering from early onset Alzheimer’s. And I subsequently lost her.”

He doesn’t mean metaphorically, which is what happens when people suffer Alzheimer’s. He means he literally misplaced his grandmother.

It’s unclear what role Rogen will have in the picture, if any. He clearly can’t play either the teenager or the grandmother, unless we’re drifting into Eddie Murphy’s “Klumps” territory. Reiser does say that it’s a comedy. Just how funny remains to be seen … and will remain to be seen until ,2014, when “Jamaica” is expected to hit theaters.

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