‘s directorial debut, a film that Levitt wrote, directed, and starred in, has just been retitled Don Jon
from Don Jon’s Addiction.
Relativity Media had placed a bid after Sundance that was blowing everybody out of the water on the film, a type of porn-addiction dramedy which also stars Scarlett Johansson, Tony Danza, Julianne Moore, Gleanne Headley
, and Brie Larson
Levitt stars as a contemporary, porn-addicted Don Juan-type who attempts to reform himself after meeting the girl of his dreams (Johansson).
JGL said in a statement about the new title:
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.
It will likely hit theaters sometime in the summer.
Check out newly-debuted images, courtesy of Moviefone
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.