EXCLUSIVE: After halting production for the past three days, Searchlight Pictures has suspended production on their adaptation of Being Mortal, the directing debut of Aziz Ansari starring Ansari, Bill Murray and Seth Rogen, Deadline has learned.
A letter is going out to cast and crew tonight informing them of the decision to suspend production. Insiders say it is not Covid-related and added that after investigating a complaint that was filed last week, the studio chose to suspend production as it assesses the situation. Exact details behind the complaint are unknown, but sources tell Deadline that it was not made against Ansari and add that he and his producing partner, Youree Henley, have been working with the studio to figure out what the next steps are.
The film is based on Atul Gawande’s nonfiction book Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End. Principal photography had started on March 28 and sources say it was halfway through before the production 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.
Here is the letter in its entirety:
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