‘Up in the Air’: The Movie

Travel Blog  •  Eva Holland  •  02.25.09 | 10:23 AM ET

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World Hum’s been keeping an eye on Walter Kirn’s travel-centric novel, Up in the Air, since the site was brand new. The book, which follows frequent flier Ryan Bingham as he embarks on a mileage-running binge, brought us both one of our favorite terms—Airworld—and one of our favorite fictional travelers. So naturally, the news about an upcoming film adaptation provokes both excitement and anxiety.

The good news? Early signs about the production are positive: Jason Reitman, who did great work (in my book) with both “Juno” and “Thank You For Smoking,” has signed on as writer-director, and no less a heavyweight star than George Clooney will be playing the mile-hungry protagonist. There’s no firm release date yet, but Jaunted notes that “Up in the Air” was spotted filming at Detroit’s DTW yesterday.

Eva Holland is co-editor of World Hum. She is a former associate editor at Up Here and Up Here Business magazines, and a contributor to Vela. She's based in Canada's Yukon territory.

2 Comments for ‘Up in the Air’: The Movie

Jennifer 02.25.09 | 1:01 PM ET

I was on board until I saw that George Clooney was going to be the lead!  Boo!  He doesn’t do it for me; always brings the same thing to his roles!

Michael Yessis 02.25.09 | 5:57 PM ET

The Ryan Bingham in my mind in no way resembles Clooney. So, yeah, I’m curious where he, Retiman and the rest will take the adaptation. Looking forward to finding out.

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