Thompson on Hollywood

Sean Penn will direct Robert De Niro and Kristen Wiig in The Comedian. Art Linson and Jeffrey Ross wrote the script to be produced by Linson, De Niro and Jon Kilik. Production is slated for Spring 2012, and FilmNation is handling international sales at the upcoming American Film Market (they've also got Gambit, Relativity's Snow White, Wettest County, Looper, Under the Skin, The Oranges, Terrence Malick's untitled film and more).

FilmNation CEO Glen Basner says of the eclectic cast and crew: "It simply doesn’t get much better than this, especially for us New Yorkers!” The synopsis below conjures up a modern comedy-world version of The Artist:

Jackie Burke (De Niro) is a raging comic who is past his prime. A once loved TV character in his hey day, he clings to any recognition of his former fame in the hope of reviving his now stagnant career. After being sentenced to community service for hitting an audience member in the head with his microphone, Jackie meets Harmony (Wiig), a dazzling and defiant redhead who turns his life sideways.