Jonah Hill tells all about THE ADVENTURER’S HANDBOOK

Ronnita "Ronnie" Miller

by: Ronnita "Ronnie" Miller
April 15th, 2010

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The summer of 2010 is looking to be a big one for Jonah Hill. This summer sees the theatrical release of both GET HIM TO THE GREEK and CYRUS, production will soon begin on THE SITTER directed by David Gordon Green and MONEYBALL co-starring Brad Pitt, and he also has THE ADVENTURER’S HANDBOOK and 21 JUMP STREET to keep him busy well into next year.

In an interview that took place in June of 2009 from the set of GET HIM TO THE GREEK, Collider was able to sit down with Hill for a rather in-depth discussion about everything from the making of GET HIM TO THE GREEK, Hill’s impressive filmography, his love of films like INDIANA JONES and CITY SLICKERS, and his upcoming project THE ADVENTURER’S HANDBOOK.

At the time of the interview, Hill had expected that THE ADVENTURER’S HANDBOOK would be his next film role and speaks rather candidly, much to his publicist’s chagrin, about the project. Obviously his plans have changed a bit, but this really is an amazing interview and I highly recommend you check out the audio or written interview in its entirety over at Collider.

THE ADVENTURER’S HANDBOOK is the first movie that will feature a Jonah Hill writing credit (along with Matt Spicer and Max Winkler – son of Henry Winkler!). The film is to be directed by Akiva Schaffer of Lonely Island fame and will star Hill, Jason Segel, and Jason Schwartzman.

About the film Hill had this to say:

“It’s cool. It’s really exciting. This is the first movie that I think I have real writing credit on that’s getting made into a movie. It’s me and [Jason] Segel and [Jason] Schwartzman basically in like INDIANA JONES or [THE] GOONIES. Our point of views are very grounded but it’s basically like an ’80’s adventure movie. We basically go on this adventure together and immediately get chased by drug dealers around the world. Our point of views are verygrounded but it’s basically like an ’80’s adventure movie. We basically go on this adventure together and immediately get chased by drug dealers around the world.”

The film focuses on four childhood friends as they travel around the world inspired by the stories of explorers detailed in The Adventurer’s Handbook: Life Lessons From History’s Great Explorers by Mick Conefrey. Segel will play one of the four friends, a failed musician who who struggles with alcoholism. Hill will play an engineer with family problems and Schwartzman a spoiled Grammy Award winner.

“We were like, ‘What if we made this movie about four guys who wanted to go just discover themselves, who are somewhat looking for something in their lives and they find this book and the book causes them to go find this island just to connect with each other and fulfill some quarter life crisis that they’re going through before they get married and have to deal with how fucking mundane life is?”

This film will feature a great deal of action and adventure:

“I grew up loving adventure movies like GOONIES and ROMANCING THE STONE and CITY SLICKERS. They were just so fun to me. I love CITY SLICKERS. I think it’s a really great movie and this movie, we were watching an INDIANA JONES movie when we heard they were making INDIE 4 and my friend, one of the guys that I write with – I write with these two guys, Max Winkler and Matt Spicer – Spicer found this Adventurer’s Handbook at Barnes and Noble and he was just reading it one day and it says, ‘What happens if you get swallowed by an anaconda, you cut your way out.’ We were sort of laughing at all the things.”

Hill added that he wants to shy away from some of the fantastical elements that plague other films of this nature:

“There’s nothing like any spaceship landing in the movie. I’m not referencing INDIANA JONES. That was like an accidental reference. It’s not going to be as surreal as Akiva’s stuff is with the digital shorts. We want to make a grounded version. We want the action to feel almost like CHILDREN OF MEN where it’s like, ‘Holy shit, these guys are going to die.’ You never feel like those people are going to die in those movies.”


“In those [coming-of-age type] movies everything kind of seems to go right. Something terrible happens and then something great happens. So our idea for this was what if every time that something fortunate happens something fucking thirty times worse happens immediately after? So that was our idea, to never let these guys have a victory, basically. It’s truly a fun ride. It’s like a really cool, grounded adventure movie if that exists.”

Hill references David O. Russell’s THREE KINGs as an influence for the project:

“David O. Russell is one of my favorite directors and the first director that I ever worked with. THREE KINGS, I think the action in that movie is so funny and real. It felt like real guys in action but it was scary and sometimes hilarious. That movie is great.”

It really sounds like this movie will be a very fun ride. Production is slated to begin on THE ADVENTURER’S HANDBOOK in 2011.

Source Collider, via The Playlist

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