Michael Showalter to Direct Kumail Nanjiani in 'The Big Sick,' Produced by Judd Apatow
Published Dec 04, 2015Thanks to breakout roles in Portlandia and Silicon Valley along with a soaring standup comedy career, Kumail Nanjiani's rise to superstardom has been a long time coming. Up next, he'll finally get the starring role he deserves as the leading man in a new comedy film.
The movie is called The Big Sick, and there are some big names attached. The project is being produced by Judd Apatow and Barry Mendel, and it will be directed by Michael Showalter. It was written by Nanjiani and his wife Emily Gordon, and the story is reportedly based on true events in their lives.
In a statement, Showalter said, "I am so thrilled and honored to be working with Judd Apatow, FilmNation, Kumail and Emily on this incredible story about true love and identity."
Glen Basner, CEO of FilmNation Entertainment, added, "The Big Sick is supremely funny and human and relatable on so many levels. With a comedic dream team led by Judd Apatow, Barry Mendel, Michael Showalter and Kumail Nanjiani, audiences worldwide are going to laugh their asses off. I know I did."
Stay tuned for more information on The Big Sick as it becomes available.