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Apatow and Ansari

11.24.2009

Earlier this summer, we brought you the exclusive scoop that Judd Apatow was developing a movie based on Aziz Ansari's "Randy" character from FUNNY PEOPLE. Almost four months later, Variety confirms our report and has noted that Apatow has picked up two additional pitches from the actor.

In addition to the Randy spinoff, Ansari and former "Human Giant" co-star Jason Woliner sold Apatow on a road comedy about motivational speakers titled LET'S DO THIS and an untitled story about a disgraced cosmonaut returning to space to clear his name. All three projects have been picked up by Universal and are in active development. As Ansari notes, they pitched all three hoping that Apatow would take at least one but "he wanted all three." Ansari would star in any of the films that got put into production with Woliner directing.

Ansari can be seen next in a supporting role in Apatow's GET HIM TO THE GREEK as well as his Comedy Central standup special (which features some Randy bits) on January 17th.

Extra Tidbit: Ansari's big screen debut was the awful comedy SCHOOL FOR SCOUNDRELS.
Source: Variety

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