Aziz Ansari will make his directorial debut in an untitled comedy-drama for Searchlight Pictures. The actor will team up with fellow comedian Bill Murray as his co-star, according to an individual involved with the project.
The film will be based on Atul Gawande non-fiction book “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End.”
The book’s synopsis tells of “end-of-life care, hospice care, and also contains Gawande’s reflections and personal stories. He suggests that medical care should focus on well-being rather than survival.” The book’s message teaches the audience to focus on having a good life instead of getting a good death.
“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’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.”
Ansari is also the creator and executive producer of his own Emmy award-winning Netflix show, Master of None, which finished its third season in March 2021.
Murray recently starred in another comedy-drama On the Rocks alongside Rashida Jones in 2020.
The film is scheduled to release in 2023 and is in early development with Searchlight.