Having already conquered television with his acclaimed FX series Louie, Louis C.K. is now turning his attention to the big screen. The comedian is reportedly writing, directing, and starring in the upcoming indie flick I’m A Cop.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, C.K. will pull triple duty for the film, just as he does with his television show. The movie will star the actor as a depressed middle-aged man who is a volunteer police officer living in the shadow of his mother, a highly decorated retired officer. When she dies, her continued influence forces him to become a real police officer, something that he never actually wanted to be. From the miserable protagonist to the all-too-relevant social issue of law enforcement, it’s clear I’m A Cop will feature that distinctive Louie tone.
As THR reports, Scott Rudin (The Social Network, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Top Five) will produce along with Dave Becky and Blair Breard, both of whom also serve as producers on Louie. The latter also acted as an executive producer on several of C.K.’s stand-up specials.
For C.K., I’m A Cop will mark the first feature film that the comedian has directed in 14 years. His last major motion picture came in 2001’s Pooty Tang. The comedy, which featured Chris Rock, flopped at the box office at the time of its debut, but has since become a cult favorite. The film was also written by C.K., but he never got a chance to see the project all the way through. After too many creative differences, Paramount removed him from the movie during postproduction.
This new directorial effort should go a lot smoother. In recent months, C.K. has been open about what he’s learned in the years since Pooty Tang. He also discussed his willingness to tackle another feature film as recently as April.
“I don’t feel like I need anyone to tell me anything with a TV show because I know exactly what I’m doing, but I’d be arrogant to think that I can take someone’s $8 million and just turn in a movie,” the comedian told THR. “Movies are different. There’s a permanency to them.”
While this will be his first time directing a movie in over a decade, the actor has taken roles in several feature films in recent years. He appeared in David. O Russell’s Oscar-nominated American Hustle and Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine. He also continues to dominate both stand-up and the small screen; Louie is currently in its third season. In addition to writing and overseeing every episode of show (for which the actor has won two Emmys and earned two Golden Globe nods), the comedian also released a new stand-up special, Louis C.K.: Live at the Comedy Store, earlier this year.
I’m A Cop is only the latest project that C.K. has added to his busy upcoming schedule. Aside from his duties on Louie, he is working on the developing FX series Better Things, which will center on his longtime collaborator Pamela Adlon. Also on his slate is another FX comedy, Baskets, which C.K. is writing as a star vehicle for Zach Galifianakis and which is expected to premiere sometime in 2016.
No expected premiere date for I’m A Cop has been confirmed just yet.