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THE BUCKET LIST

About The Production
Director/producer Rob Reiner was only 10 pages into the script of "The Bucket List” when he told producing partner Alan Greisman he had found their next project. As Greisman recalls, "I told him to read the rest of it, just to be sure, but there was no doubt about it. This was a subject close to his heart and without having to read any further, he knew. ‘I love this story; I know these characters,' he said. ‘This is it.'”

The two then contacted producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron of Storyline Entertainment, who had sent them the script, and started making plans that would launch "The Bucket List” into production within the year.

Reiner responded to the story in an immediate, deeply personal way and felt it addressed issues that many people can relate to. "The baby boom generation, in particular, are really starting to examine and evaluate their lives in a deeper way and the themes touched on by ‘The Bucket List' really resonate. Those of us who have parents or grandparents getting up in years can appreciate what it's like to look back on the time spent and also to look ahead and really think about what we're doing with the time we've been given. I knew this was a subject I absolutely wanted to tackle now.

"There was just something about it,” he adds, citing the story's potential for natural humor as well as intimately personal human situations, not to mention "the grand adventure that takes these two men around the world to figure out what's been burning inside them their entire lives.”

Zadan and Meron weren't surprised, having fallen in love with the story themselves after "The Bucket List” caught the attention of their head of feature development, Travis Knox, an executive producer on the film.

"It was just like any other weeknight when I took home a pile of scripts to read, but this was the first one in a long time that I could not put down. It was special, a unique blend of humor and heart. I had to be a part of it,” Knox says, recounting how he then took it to Zadan and Meron and suggested Reiner, with whom the producers had recently met on an entirely different matter and had struck an undeniable creative rapport.

Acknowledging Reiner's impressive body of work, Zadan recalls, "What we liked about Rob was his ability to find the humor in emotional subjects. It's that depth that gives him such impact as a director and exactly what we all wanted for ‘The Bucket List.'”

Says Greisman, "This is a story about friendship and love and discovering what's really important in life. It stirs a lot of emotions but at the same time makes you laugh and, ultimately, I think, says something significant about the human condition.” Moreover it reminds us, as Jack Nicholson affirms, "It's always the things you don't do in life that you regret most, not the things you do.”

The developing—and often combustible—rapport between these two unlikely traveling companions is what propels the story. Although poles apart in background, temperament, experience and in innumerable other ways, what they share more than makes up for these superficial differences.

Morgan Freeman, who stars as Carter, suggests, "You bond to people with whom you have something in common and these two have something very important in common. They are holding the rest of their lives in their hands and they both know it. When Carter meets Edward, he is offered an opportunity to do things differently for the first time, to go his own way. For a man who feels he's spent his life doing what's best for everyone else, that's very powerful.”

The list itself, from one of the college classes Carter attended before giving up his studies to support his family, "was an exercise in forward-thinking. It was meant to give young people focus by making them think about what was really important to them and wh

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