Date: 23rd February 2022
Bill Murray and Aziz Ansari are teaming up for an untitled comedy drama at Searchlight Pictures.
Ansari is making his directorial debut on the project which he also wrote, produced and plays a key role. Youree Henley, Taylor Friedman, and Cameron Chidsey are also onboard to produce.
The untitled film will reportedly be based on Atul Gawande's non-fiction book "Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End." The film has a release window of 2023. Gawande is a practicing surgeon, and the book is an exploration of death, quality of life for the infirm and elderly, and how to make the last weeks and months of a person's life dignified and full. This exploration of death and a meaningful transition does make me assume that Murray is playing someone who is passing, or someone whose loved one is near to passing.
Plot details have not been announced. Thus, it is not clear 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," said Searchlight Presidents David Greenbaum and Matthew Greenfield in a statement. "We're thrilled to be partnering with him on his feature directorial debut, which is long overdue, and, of course, working with the genius Bill Murray once again."
Source: Press Release