Sean Penn to helm ‘Comedian’

Drama starring De Niro, Wiig set for spring shoot

Sean Penn will direct indie drama “The Comedian,” starring Robert De Niro as a raging, past-his-prime comic, and co-starring Kristen Wiig as a woman who changess his life when they meet up in a community service program.

FilmNation Entertainment handles international sales, while CAA reps domestic rights. Written by Art Linson with Jeffrey Ross, producers are Art Linson, John Linson, Jon Kilik and De Niro. Shannon Costello will be associate producer.

Production is slated to start in the spring.

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