Not too long ago it was announced that Sony had purchased the rights to author Ben Mezrich’s upcoming novel “Sex on the Moon.” Mezrich is the guy who wrote “The Accidental Billionaires,” which The Social Network was largely adapted from, so it made sense that studios would be circling like vultures to get their talons into more of his work.
Sex on the Moon sounds like it might have quite a bit in common with The Social Network in that it, “tracks the wild escapades of 25-year-old NASA intern Thad Roberts, who in an effort to impress a girl, orchestrated a plan to steal lunar rocks from the Johnson Space Center and sell them on the Internet.” Young guy, hatches a crazy scheme that gets him in over his head, all to impress a girl? Yeah, there’s some shared DNA there. Of course, whether or not this film can come close to matching the success of Fincher’s is going to depend largely on the talent tapped to bring it to the screen. And the first piece of that puzzle looks to be nearly in place.
Will Gluck, the director of both last year’s Easy A and also the upcoming Friends With Benefits is reportedly close to signing on to helm the project. Easy A is a movie that came and went without getting a lot of attention while it was in theaters, but it has since been building a groundswell of support from people who say that it is fun and underrated. I was personally pretty disappointed by it, but it seems to be resonating with at least some segment of the cinephile world.
I imagine, then, that Gluck’s possible involvement with this project can be taken as a bit of good news. Tentatively at least, once Friends With Benefits comes out we’ll all probably have a more concrete idea of what to expect from his work. And I’m kind of optimistic about that. Despite being another of these tedious casual-sex-gone-bad rom-coms, I think that the trailers for that one look like it has potential. But then again, I was kind of excited for Easy A too, and I left the theater thinking that was the most obnoxious teen film I’d seen since Juno (another movie a lot of people liked that I didn’t). So what’s the moral of this story? I guess that a movie is being made, and even if I don’t like it a lot of other people probably will. But, of course, the most important question of all is: what do you think?