Latest Bill Murray Project On Hold After Production Halted

Searchlight Pictures has suspended production on their adaptation of Being Mortal, the directorial debut of Aziz Ansari starring Bill Murray and Seth Rogen.

According to Deadline, the reason why is still unknown. But apparently, a complaint was filed last week, and Searchlight decided to halt production and investigate the matter. Exact details of the complaint aren’t yet known, but sources tell Deadline that it was not made against Ansari and that he and his producing partner, Youree Henley, have been working with the studio to figure out what the next steps are.

The studio sent a letter to cast and crew informing them of the decision to suspend production.

Here is the letter in its entirety:

“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 film is based on Atul Gawande’s nonfiction book Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End. Production had started on March 28, and sources say it was halfway through before the halt this week. The plan was to release the film in 2023. It is unknown at this time if the suspension will affect the release.

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