Production of Aziz Ansari’s directorial debut, to be mortalwas reportedly suspended over an alleged complaint regarding her star, Bill Murray.
According to Deadline, the complaint relates to “inappropriate behavior” and was filed last week.
After the first complaint, production was stopped for three days. The decision to halt production entirely was shared with the cast and crew in a letter Wednesday night.
“Late last week, we were made aware of a complaint and acted on it immediately,” the letter reads, Vanity Fair reported.
“After reviewing the circumstances, it has been decided that production cannot proceed at this time. We are really grateful to you all for everything you put into this project. We hope to resume production and are working with Aziz and Youree to determine that timing.” Youree Henley is producing the film.
to be mortal based on the 2014 book by surgeon Atul Gawande, Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End. In addition to directing, Ansari also directs his own Netflix show master of nothing – wrote the screenplay and will star in the film alongside Seth Rogen.
The film was discussed for a 2023 release. However, Deadline states that it’s now unclear if the film will make it to that date thanks to the suspension. Production reportedly began on March 28.
A Murray’s representative has been reached for comment.
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/bill-murray-behaviour-aziz-ansari-film-b2062920.html Alleged complaint about Bill Murray’s behavior leads to suspension of production on Aziz Ansari’s directorial debut