It’s been a little under a year since it was announced that Aziz Ansari’s feature film directorial debut, “Being Mortal,” experienced a production shutdown after sexual misconduct allegations were levied at star Bill Murray. At the time, it was revealed that Searchlight Pictures, the studio behind the production, was shutting the film down but allowing the filmmaker to find a new home for “Being Mortal.” Well, nearly a year later, it would appear that “Being Mortal” is likely dead.
According to a new report from Puck, it is revealed that, after production was shut down and Searchlight departed the film, Aziz Ansari did in fact try to find a new home for his film, “Being Mortal” but was unsuccessful. This led to the cast and crew for the film moving on and leaving “Being Mortal” with no real future. The film was set to star Bill Murray, Keke Palmer, and Seth Rogen. Not too many details were known about the plot.
Again, this news comes after the revelation last year that Bill Murray allegedly kissed and straddled a female member of the crew while filming “Being Mortal.” Murray acknowledged the accusations but said the misconduct was meant as a joke. After Searchlight departed the film, leaving “Being Mortal” in limbo, Murray settled the lawsuit out of court for a reported $100,000. That’s when the film was then shopped around to other studios, to no avail.
There is some good news in all of this, however. It appears Aziz Ansari and Searchlight Pictures are still interested in working together. The Puck report claims that Ansari is teaming up with Seth Rogen to write a script for an upcoming film, and Searchlight is the studio said to be involved with the production. No other details are known at this time.
Also, it’s worth noting that after this new script is finished and the eventual film is done, there is a chance Ansari could revisit “Being Mortal.” But let’s be honest, it’s highly unlikely anything is going to happen at that point, years later.