×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Judd Apatow Producing Kumail Nanjiani’s Comedy ‘Big Sick’

FilmNation Entertainment has acquired worldwide rights and will fully finance Kumail Nanjiani’s comedy “Big Sick” with Judd Apatow and Barry Mendel producing.

Nanjiani, a stand-up comedian who stars in HBO’s “Silicon Valley,” will topline the film. He’s written the script with his wife, writer/producer Emily V. Gordon, based on true events in their lives.

Michael Showalter, who helmed the 2015 SXSW Film Festival audience award winner “Hello, My Name Is Doris,” will direct.

Nanjiani is also a writer, executive producer and co-host of Comedy Central’s “The Meltdown With Jonah and Kumail.” He appeared in “The Five-Year Engagement,” “Hot Tub Time Machine 2” and “Sex Tape.”

Gordon is the author of the recently released book “Super You: Release Your Inner Superhero,” a writer on NBC’s “The Carmichael Show” and executive producer of “The Meltdown With Jonah and Kumail.”

Apatow produced and directed Amy Schumer’s “Trainwreck,” along with “40-Year-Old Virgin,” “Knocked Up,” “Funny People” and “This Is 40.”

FilmNation Entertainment will handle all international sales. UTA Independent Film Group packaged the film and brokered the deal with FilmNation Entertainment on behalf of the filmmakers, and will handle U.S. rights.

Nanjiani and Gordon are represented by UTA, Mosaic and attorney Isaac Dunham. Apatow is represented by UTA, Mosaic and Ziffren Brittenham. Showalter is represented by UTA, Principato Young and Stone Meyer.

The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.

More Film

  • Alfonso Cuarón, Emmanuel Lubezki Discuss the

    Alfonso Cuarón Details 'Roma' Cinematography With 'Gravity' DP Emmanuel Lubezki

    As part of an overall push to bring Alfonso Cuarón’s “Roma” to awards season voters, Netflix’s “‘Roma’ Experience'” played host to guild and Academy members Sunday in Hollywood. The all-day event featured panels focused on the film’s crafts and an audio-visual installation akin to the streamer’s FYSee initiative for Emmy contenders, featuring costumes and art [...]

  • IFFAM: Erik Matti Hatches Plans for

    IFFAM: Erik Matti Hatches Plans for ‘On The Job’ Franchise

    Filipino director Erik Matti is known for his eclectic body of work that includes “Honor Thy Father” and “Seklusyon.” His 2013 effort, “On The Job” travelled widely and won several awards including two at the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival, and was nominated for an SACD Prize at the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight. Matti is at [...]

  • Joan Chen attends the season premiere

    Joan Chen Talks Diversity in Hollywood, Welcomes #MeToo

    Chinese-American actress, writer and director Joan Chen says that she was flattered when Time magazine described her as the “Elizabeth Taylor of China.” When asked at an in-conversation event in Singapore on Saturday whether she paved the way for Chinese actresses to follow in Hollywood, Chen said, “We never go to work because we want [...]

  • Kyzza Terrazas Joins Garcia Bernal, Diego

    Kyzza Terrazas Joins Gael Garcia Bernal, Diego Luna’s La Corriente del Golfo (EXCLUSIVE)

    BUENOS AIRES — Launching their new production house, La Corriente de Golfo, last April, Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna have tapped Mexican writer-director Kyzza Terrazas as the company’s head of development. The appointment will certainly help build the company appointing an old-rounder capable of overseeing and implementing development, writing and directing, and a longtime [...]

  • IFFAM Actress in Focus: Yao Chen

    IFFAM Actress in Focus: Yao Chen Talks Performing, Producing and Public Pressure

    Macao’s Actress in Focus is a woman who has trained as a boxer, likes British actors, especially Benedict Cumberbatch and Jeremy Irons, and is now setting out her stall as a producer. Yao Chen has built a career over 20 years thanks to TV shows including “My Own Swordsman,” and films including “If You Are [...]

  • Bradley Liew's 'Motel Acacia' Shoots After

    Cautionary Tale, 'Motel Acacia' Under Way After Four Years of Development

    Production has begun on Malaysian director Bradley Liew’s upscale horror film “Motel Acacia.” With a clearly topical message, the film features a hotel bed that eats immigrants. Actor, JC Santos called it: “A cautionary tale of what’s going to happen in the future.” Indonesian star, Nicholas Saputra said the he agreed to the role “because [...]

  • Jon M. ChuUnforgettable Gala, Inside, Los

    'Crazy Rich Asians' Honored at Unforgettable Awards: 'One Movie Every 25 Years is Just Not F—ing Enough'

    Fresh on the heels of its Golden Globe nomination, “Crazy Rich Asians” was the talk of the evening at Kore Asian Media’s 17th annual Unforgettable Awards. Saturday’s event, which celebrates Asian-American trailblazers and their achievements in the entertainment industry, honored a host of Asian actors, directors and influencers, including “Crazy Rich Asians” director Jon M. [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content