Up in the Air director Jason Reitman gets grounded

George Clooney plays career-topping role in Reitman's movie

Reitman worries that he may not be making movies fast enough. "Right now, I make a movie every two years, and I'd like it to be every year and a half," he says, noting that, historically speaking, most directors tend to make their best movies early in their careers. "If I have something to say, it's going to happen right now. So I don't want to make three movies in my 30s. I'd like to make six movies in my 30s." When I ask Reitman where he sees himself 10 years from now, he tells me simply that he hopes he's made five more films, that they're all personal, and that most of them are good.

Back in the present, Reitman has his sights set squarely on what he hopes will be his next project—an adaptation of To Die For author Joyce Maynard's recent novel, Labor Day, about the relationship between a lonely 13-year-old boy, his single mother, and the escaped convict who enters their lives over the titular holiday weekend. "It's just strange and dramatic and romantic," he says. And decidedly not high-concept. "I'm not going to be relying on cute jokes," he adds. "I'm not going to be relying on anything. I'm just going to tell the story."

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