Bill Murray will star in Aziz Ansari’s first film.
The ‘French Dispatch’ actor will appear in a currently untitled film based on Atul Gawande’s non-fiction book ‘Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End’ – which explores topics such as end care life and how medicine has changed over time – alongside the ‘Master of None’ star, who in addition to appearing on both sides of the camera, also wrote the screenplay and will executive produce the project.
Searchlight Pictures is “delighted” to be working with Aziz on the film, which will hit theaters in 2023.
Company presidents David Greenbaum and Matthew Greenfield said in a statement, “Aziz Ansari is an incredible talent and, with this script, he brings a singular combination of insightful humor and pathos.
“We are thrilled to partner with him on his long overdue debut feature, and of course to work with the genius Bill Murray again.”
Aziz probably had time to write the script without any distractions, as he recently revealed that he had stopped using the internet and email altogether.
He shared, “However, many years ago I kind of started turning off the internet and, you know, I deleted all the social media and stuff, and slowly just kept going from further and further. I stopped using email maybe like four years ago.”
The ‘Parks and Recreation’ star described her decision to disconnect from social media and email as a “mental diet.”
He added ‘: “It’s all kind of…it’s almost like I started to think, you know, everyone thinks about their diet and what they eat – at some point they it’s also about thinking about your mental regimen and what you put in your head.
“Whether it’s like, oh, looking at the same four websites, constantly checking the New York Times 50 times a day. At some point, yeah, it doesn’t really help.”
And he credited his decision to making him more productive.
He said, “I mean, look, I know the whole thing is like, oh yeah, I’m in a position where I can do this and I have, you know, certain privileges to be able to do this.
“An assistant or whatever – but everything I do I think helps me do more, take care of stuff or whatever, whether it’s exercise or meditation and all that kind of stuff.”