While out promoting Superbad, rising comedic star Jonah Hill told MTV that he'll be starring in yet another Apatow-produced flick, Pure Imagination. Like with the previously announced Middle Child (which is currently out to directors), Hill wrote the script and will produce along with his pal Judd Apatow. These will be Hill's next two films, after the three (One Part Sugar, Horton Hears a Who, Forgetting Sarah Marshall) he's either wrapped or wrapping up now. Pic, which Hill said could incorporate some CGI, will apparently follow a guy who isn't sure whether his new girlfriend is real or not (which kind of reminds me of the premise for the upcoming Ryan Gosling flick Lars and the Real Girl).
According to Hill, "Basically, I go through a bunch of traumatic stuff, and I develop an imaginary friend. Then what happens is I meet a girl, and we start dating ... but the problem is I don't know whether she [actually] exists [or] whether she's a figment of my imagination." I imagine a problem like that could be solved rather easily, but Hill adds: "It's basically a relationship movie, but the whole time I'm trying to avoid finding out whether she's real or not." So here's this guy who's really digging his new girlfriend (who may or may not be real), but he avoids potential truths because he's having such a blast with her. Interesting. Sweet. Sincere. I think I like. Interestingly enough, Hill goes on to say that the goal is to mix their brand of down-to-earth relatable humor with some of the more extravagant (in terms of visuals) stuff you'll find in a Spike Jonze or Michel Gondry film. "It's kind of like a little bit artsier," he notes. An artsy loser comedy with tons of CGI? How can you go wrong. Look for both Middle Child and Pure Imagination to show up at some point in 2008/2009. Meanwhile, Hill can next be seen in Superbad (did you check out the brand new R-rated clip yet?) later this summer on August 17.