“Devil’s Advocate” and “Proof of Life” helmer Taylor Hackford has been set to direct Cinelou’s “The Comedian,” the long-gestating passion project of Robert De Niro.
De Niro will play a toxic insult comic along the lines of a Don Rickles. Art Linson penned the script but Jeffrey Ross, a frequent celebrity roast guest and the writer of De Niro comedy “What Just Happened?,” has penned the material that De Niro’s character will spout.
Mike Newell recently signed on to the project but soon had to exit due to scheduling. Linson will produce alongside Mark Canton and Courtney Solomon. Casting is now underway and filming is slated to begin in mid-January in New York.