Joseph Gordon-Levitt Announces DON JON As New Title For His Directorial Debut
With the SXSW Film Festival kicking off, we have some news to share on Relativity Media’s upcoming film, DON JON (formerly known as Don Jon’s Addiction). Writer/director/star Joseph Gordon-Levitt made this announcement regarding the film’s new title.
So, as you might’ve heard already, I wrote and directed a movie last year, and it’s coming out later this year. Which is absolutely crazy, and I still kinda can’t believe it. Anyway, I’m posting this today to let you all know that I’m changing its title. It’s now called… DON JON. I decided to change it, first of all, because DON JON is just so short and simple, and if you know me, you know I’m a fan of brevity. Second of all, it felt to me like the old title, “Don Jon’s Addiction” was throwing some people off a bit from the point of the movie. People were assuming it was a film about porn addiction and sex addiction, which really isn’t true. That’d be sort of like saying “The Maltese Falcon” is a movie about a statue of a falcon. DON JON is a comedy about how men and women treat each other, and how the media we consume can create unrealistic expectations that we put on one another. That’s why the story centers around a relationship between a young man (played by me) who watches too much pornography and a young woman (played by Scarlett) who watches too many romantic Hollywood movies. It’s a topic I personally find fascinating and hilarious.
And while I have your attention, I figured I’d show you the first production still we’re releasing of Jon’s father, played by none other than Tough Tony Danza. More to show soon. We’re just starting to work on the trailer now. And I’m heading down to SXSW with Tony this weekend with the film, so I’ll see some of you in Austin!
thanks again.. J”
The film played under the original title DON JON’S ADDICTION at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival in January.
In their review, The Guardian said, “A lot of people want Gordon-Levitt to succeed and that’s a good thing: he is a likeable talent with ambition and he’s just come off Looper, the biggest hit of his acting career. Don Jon’s Addiction is a fun, occasionally flabby romp that should find its audience.”
Jon Martello (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is a strong, handsome, good old fashioned guy. His buddies call him Don Jon due to his ability to “pull” a different woman every weekend, but even the finest fling doesn’t compare to the bliss he finds alone in front of the computer watching pornography. Barbara Sugarman (Scarlett Johansson) is a bright, beautiful, good old fashioned girl. Raised on romantic Hollywood movies, she’s determined to find her Prince Charming and ride off into the sunset. Wrestling with good old fashioned expectations of the opposite sex, Jon and Barbara struggle against a media culture full of false fantasies to try and find true intimacy in this unexpected comedy written and directed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
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Twitter Handle: @donjonmovie