#79. Love and Other Drugs

Director: Edward Zwick
Writer(s): Charles Randolph
Producers: Pieter Jan Brugge, Marshall Herskovitz, Scott Stuber, Randolph and Zwick
Distributor: 20th Century Fox.

The Gist: Based on the novel “Hard Sell: The Evolution of a Viagra Saleman”, this sees Jamie Reidy (Gyllenhaal) is to the pharmaceutical business what Jerry Maguire was to professional sports and Frank Abagnale (Catch Me If You Can) was to bank fraud. He’s the guy who’s been there, done that, and walked away with the insider stories….(more)

Cast: Anne Hathaway, Jake Gyllenhaal, Hank Azaria, Judy Greer, Gabriel Macht and Oliver Platt

Why is it on the list?: He certainly gets drawn to bigger-than-life characters, and while I can’t say I’m much of a Zwick fan and nor did I read the novel on which this film is based on, if Love and Other Drugs carries itself as a tale for “grown-ups” and Charles Randolph turns in a screenplay that flips pharmaceutical business on its back, then we may have an insider’s take combined with a side dish of romance a la Up in the Air. Looking forward in seeing how Brokeback Mountain‘s Anne Hathaway and Jake Gyllenhaal play off of each other.

Release Date/Status?: In post-production, will be ready for a November 24th release.