Mike Newell (“Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,” “Donnie Brasco”) has come onboard to direct Robert De Niro’s drama “The Comedian”.
De Niro will play a Don Rickles-style standup comic who specializes in insults. Comedy Central Roast mainstay Jeffrey Ross will pen the standup material used in the film.
Based on Art Linson’s script, shooting aims to begin in New York in November. Linson, Courtney Solomon and Mark Canton will produce.