Aziz Ansari Makes His Directorial Debut With Untitled Comedy Drama From Searchlight Pictures

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Actor-comedian Aziz Ansari has been tapped to direct an untitled comedy drama for Searchlight Pictures. In addition to directing, he will co-star in the film with Bill Murray. According to Variety, Ansari, who created the Netflix series “Master of None,” will also write the screenplay and produce the film. Searchlight will release the film in theaters in 2023.

The project is adapted from Atul Gawande’s 2014 non-fiction book “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End”. Gawande, a practicing surgeon, describes his book – about aging, patients’ anxieties about death and doctors’ tendencies to retreat into false hope – as having the potential to “change medicine – and lives”. Through reflections and personal stories, the book takes a look at the limits and failures of modern medicine at the end of life.

However, plot details for the film have yet to be announced. Thus, it is unknown who Ansari or Murray will play in the film. “Aziz Ansari is an incredible talent, and with this script he brings a singular combination of insightful humor and pathos,” Searchlight presidents David Greenbaum and Matthew Greenfield said in a statement.

“We are thrilled to partner with him on his long overdue directorial debut and, of course, to work once again with genius Bill Murray,” added Greenbaum and Greenfield. Youree Henley is co-producing the film with Ansari. Taylor Friedman and Cameron Chidsey oversee Searchlight Pictures.

Returning to Ansari, he took a break from Hollywood after sexual misconduct allegations were brought against him in 2018. He has since returned to film and television with ‘Master of None: Moments in Love’ and his sixth stand-up special, “Nightclub Comedian.” ‘. Murray, who earned an Oscar nomination for Sofia Coppola’s “Lost in Translation,” recently starred in Wes Anderson’s “The French Dispatch,” as well as Jason Reitman’s “Ghostbusters: Afterlife.”

He also teamed up with Coppola for “On the Rocks” in 2020, starring Rashida Jones. Murray’s other credits include Anderson’s “Isle of Dogs”, “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and “Moonrise Kingdom”. (ANI)

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