Will Reiser, writer/producer of 50/50 and cancer survivor
Writer/producer Will Reiser grew up in Terrytown, NY where he went on to study writing at West Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. While there he interned for writer Rodney Rothman, serving as his research assistant for the book Early Bird. His first job in television came in 2003 when he produced on the show Steve Harvey’s: Big Time and followed it by landing the job as Associate Producer on the popular HBO series Da Ali G Show. It was during his time there he struck an accord with fellow show writers, and future collaborators, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg.
Following his stint on Da Ali G Show, Reiser would go on to both write and produce on several projects Assume The Position and its follow up Assume The Position 201. Reiser also produced pilots for Comedy Central with comedians Lewis Black and Nick DiPaolo.
In 2007, Reiser joined up with Ben Karlin, formerly an executive producer on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report, to run his company Superego Industries. While there Reiser would develop both television and film projects. In September of this year, Summit Entertainment released 50/50, Reiser’s feature film debut, starring Joseph Gordon Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick, and Bryce Dallas Howard. The genesis for the project came back in 2005 when Reiser was diagnosed with a serious form of cancer with an equally serious, and slightly unpronounceable, name. In short he had a rather large tumor on his spine. His experience with the disease and subsequent conversations with Rogen and Goldberg led to his decision to tackle the subject matter with Rogen and Goldberg coming on as producers. The film premiered at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival and at the London Film Festival to glowing reviews and remains one of the year’s best reviewed films. 50/50 currently stands at a 93% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Reiser continues to write and develop projects including Men for Todd Phillips, The Baghdad Country Club for HBO, and he’ll once again be drawing on his personal experiences for the Jamaica with Rogen and Goldberg once again coming on board as producers.