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AFM News: Sean Penn To Direct Robert De Niro and Kristin Wiig in The Comedian

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood October 27, 2011 at 6:29AM

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).
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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.

This article is related to: Directors, Genres, Headliners, Independents, CASTING WATCH, comedy


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.