|Directed by||Josh Gordon
|Produced by||Jennifer Aniston (executive producer)
Nathan Kahane (executive producer)
|Written by||Jeffrey Eugenides (story)
Allan Loeb (screenplay)
|Release date(s)||August 20, 2010|
The Switch, formerly titled The Baster, is an upcoming romantic comedy film starring Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman. Will Speck and Josh Gordon (Blades of Glory) directed the comedy off of the screenplay written by Allan Loeb. The film is based on the short story "Baster" by Jeffrey Eugenides.. Filming began in March 2009 and ended in May 2009. Re-shoots took place in October 2009. It is scheduled for an August 20, 2010 release date.
A mentally disturbed and unstable man (Jason Bateman) finds out that his best friend (Jennifer Aniston) is planning on having a child through artificial insemination by donor. After a drunken accident, he secretly replaces the sperm donor's semen with his own, but it is only after Kassie's return to his life that he realises- and is subsequently forced to live with the secret- that he is the child's real father.
The plot, involving artificial insemination by donor has similarities to The Back-Up Plan, which was filmed at approximately the same time, and followed in the wake of Baby Mama which involved surrogacy. Aniston's mother was hired on to the feature as a consultant when the film was still in the concept stage. Films and other fiction depicting emotional struggles of assisted reproductive technology have had an upswing first in the latter part of the 2000s decade, although the techniques have been available for decades. Yet, the amount of people that can relate to it by personal experience in one way or another is ever growing, and the variety of trials and struggles is huge.