Magazine article Screen International

US Briefs: FilmNation to Fully Finance 'The Big Sick'

Magazine article Screen International

US Briefs: FilmNation to Fully Finance 'The Big Sick'

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FilmNation has acquired worldwide rights and will fully finance the comedy that Judd Apatow and Barry Mendel will produce through Apatow Productions.

Stand-up comedian and actor Kumail Nanjiani will star in the film that he co-wrote with his wife Emily V Gordon based on true events in their lives. Michael Showalter will direct. UTA Independent Film Group packaged the film and represents US rights.

* Production is underway in New York City on Human People, an ensemble story about a day in the life of a group of New Yorkers starring Abbi Jacobson, Michael Cera, Tavi Gevinson, Isiah Whitlock, Michaela Watkins, Ben Rosenfield, Buddy Durress, George Sample III, Bene Coopersmith and Philip Baker Hall. Dustin Guy Defa directs and Joe Swanberg is among the executive producers. UTA helped arrange financing and will handle sales rights alongside Gray Krauss Stratford Sandler Des Rochers LLP.

* Nas has come on to produce the soundtrack and serve as executive producer on Steven Caple Jr's upcoming Sundance world premiere The Land. …

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