The Hollywood Reporter article announcing the involvement of Jonah Hill in director David Gordon Green‘s next comedy, an irreverent look at babysitting called The Sitter, says that the film will harken to 1987’s Adventures in Babysitting, which starred Elisabeth Shue who gets caught up in a whirlwind of trouble after taking a babysitting job on a whim. It was perhaps one of the better early Chris Columbus/Amblin films, tackling the real essence of what it meant to be trapped in babysitting hell. So successful that it (indirectly) spawned the rise of Christina Applegate in 1991’s Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead, another gem in the nanny catastrophe genre. Yes, that’s a real genre. That I just made up.
The Sitter will follow the story of a suspended college kid (Hill) who must survive an extreme night of babysitting, falling under the treacherous reign of the three children — two boys and an 8-year old girl — next door. It’s a project that has been circling the wagons for a while, at one point having The Wackness director Jonathan Levine attached and the likes of Zac Efron and Zach Galifianakis eying the lead role. Those options have passed, leaving man-of-the-moment Hill to jump in and see if he can make it work. With his recent success in the Duplass brothers comedy Cyrus and his upcoming role in Universal’s Get Him to the Greek, he’s in prime position to be marketable for the next several years. That probably has something to do with the fact that Fox wants Gordon Green (who will release Your Highness drops later this year) to start shooting in the fall.