Aziz Ansari is making his feature directorial debut with “Good Fortune,” with Deadline reporting that Ansari, 40, will write, direct and star alongside Seth Rogen, 41, and Keanu Reeves, 58, in the upcoming film.
Lionsgate has landed rights to the film, a comedy whose plot is shrouded in secrecy. Since the logline is being kept under wraps, it’s unclear who the actors are playing in the movie. Production has been greenlit and will start principal photography next month in Los Angeles.
Said Lionsgate’s Motion Picture Group chair Joe Drake: “We have indeed found good fortune with this film. We love the script and believe strongly in Aziz as both a performer and a director. And when you add in Seth and Keanu — two incredible world-class talents — toplining alongside Aziz, this has the potential to be a very special film for us. We moved quickly to land this project once it was available.”
“Good Fortune” is Ansari’s second attempt at making his directorial debut. He was previously working on the film “Being Mortal” for Searchlight, but production was suspended over complaints about actor Bill Murray’s inappropriate behavior on set. That project, which also starred Rogen, was officially scrapped earlier this year.