Judd Apatow Is Directing A Semi-Autobiographical Film About Pete Davidson’s Life, Starring Pete Davidson
Judd Apatow will return to his first feature film directorial role after a four-year hiatus with a semi-autobiographical story of Pete Davidson growing up in Staten Island, New York.
Apatow, who hasn’t directed a studio film since 2015’s Trainwreck, is said to be doing the same thing for Davidson that he did for Amy Schumer in Trainwreck–“giving a platform for a rising comedian to play a version of themselves on a stage built with material from their own lives,” Hollywood Reporter reports.
Davidson reportedly help write the script, which doesn’t currently have a title, with Judd Apatow and Dave Sirus, a former Saturday Night Live writer made famous for interviewing the Westboro Baptist Church members under the alias of Brick Stone.
Davidson is coming off positive reviews for his role as the burnout best from of a high school kid in the coming-of-age comedy Big Time Adolescence, which premiered at Sundance. Vanity Fair called Davidson’s performance a “winning and nuanced” one, while the Hollywood Reporter dubbed him “so on target” and “disciplined, showing fine comic timing and yielding the screen when it serves the movie.”
There is no shortage of autobiographical material the writing team has to work with in the upcoming film. Davidson lost his father in the 9/11 attacks when he was just 7 years old and its been a source of his comedy since he stepped on the stage at age 16. The 25-year-old has also publicly struggled with depression and suicidal thoughts, resulting in the police checking on the comedian at SNL following an alarming social media post.
Dates for the film’s release have yet to be announced.
[h/t The Hollywood Reporter]