Searchlight Pictures suspends production of Aziz Ansari’s Being Mortal

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Work on Aziz Ansari’s directorial debut Being Mortal, featuring Seth Rogen and Bill Murray, has been paused while Searchlight investigates a ‘complaint’.

Aziz Ansari is making his feature directorial debut on Being Mortal, an upcoming comedy drama for Searchlight Pictures. The Master Of None actor is also starring in the film with Bill Murray and Seth Rogen. However, news has emerged that the Disney-owned backer of the film, Searchlight Pictures, has suspended production to investigate a ‘complaint’.

It’s been made clear that the complaint in question isn’t aimed at Ansari. Courtesy of Deadline ,you can read the letter below informing the cast and crew of the shutdown:

Dear Being Mortal Cast and Crew,
We know you are all concerned about the recent delays in production and want to give you an update.
Late last week, we were made aware of a complaint, and we immediately looked into it.  After reviewing the circumstances, it has been decided that production cannot continue at this time.
We are truly grateful to all of you for everything you’ve put into this project. Our hope is to resume production and are working with Aziz and Youree to figure out that timing.
Production will be in touch with you to share details on the wrap, and we will let you know as soon as we have more information to share.
Searchlight Pictures

The project is based on the non-fiction book Being Mortal: Medicine And What Happens In The End by Atul Gawande, an American surgeon. Ansari isn’t just starring and directing, he also penned the screenplay and will be producing alongside Youree Henley. Both Ansari and Henley are reportedly working with the studio to figure out the next steps for the production. For a first-time feature director who was already dealing with several key roles, this is certainly a baptism of fire for the comedian.

We’ll let you know more as we hear it.

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