For a few years now we’ve been hearing about an upcoming project from Seth Rogen that would attempt to do the impossible: make a comedy about cancer. His friend Will Reiser wrote a script about his own experiences as a cancer survivor called I’m With Cancer that made the Black List for Best Unproduced Screenplays back in 2008, but no studios wanted to touch it with a ten foot pole. Eventually, with Rogen attached to star in and produce the film along with his partner Evan Goldberg, Summit Entertainment finally came on board, as did director Jonathan Levine (The Wackness). The movie was also renamed to 50/50, and now the first trailer has arrived online.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays Adam, a 27-year-old man who is diagnosed with rare form of spinal cancer and is given a 50% chance to survive. Together with his best friend (Seth Rogen), his mother (Anjelica Huston), his girlfriend (Bryce Dallas Howard), and his therapist (Anna Kendrick), they must learn to cope with the situation and, hopefully, live through it. There’s no getting around the fact that this story will require a delicate touch, and the fact that it is an R-rated comedy will only make the task that much more difficult. But it’s also refreshing to see a topic like this being dealt with using edgy humour instead of as a straightforward drama. If they can pull it off, I think it goes without saying that this could be one of the best movies of the year. 50/50 hits theatres on September 30th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.