Mottola set to direct ‘Adventureland’

Miramax movie is next project after 'Superbad'

Greg Mottola, who ended a decade-long gap between feature directing gigs with “Superbad,” is set to helm “Adventureland” for Miramax and Sidney Kimmel.

Produced by Gotham indie shingle This Is That, pic is also to be scripted by Mottola. Jesse Eisenberg (“The Squid and the Whale”) is attached to star. Shooting is set for this fall in Pittsburgh.

Story, set in the summer of 1987, concerns an uptight recent college grad who’s forced to take a minimum-wage job at the local amusement park after realizing he can’t afford his dream European tour. The experience helps him to loosen up a bit as he finds first love, forms new friendships and matures just in time to enter the real world in the fall.

Ted Hope and Anne Carey of This Is That will produce, along with Kimmel.

“It’s so rare to read a smart comedy like this one with great characters and emotional depth,” said Miramax production prexy Keri Putnam.

Hope marveled at the timing. “He finished the script for ‘Adventureland’ the same day Judd Apatow called him for ‘Superbad,’ ” he said. “No one knew what that would turn out to be, and suddenly this became a pretty intriguing proposition, as well as being a great script.”

Three significant roles remain to be cast, the producer added.

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