Louis C.K. Set to Write, Direct & Star in New Indie Film 'I'm a Cop'
More Louis please! Ask and you shall receive. It looks like comedian/filmmaker Louis C.K. is headed back to feature filmmaking, with THR reporting that he's ready to write, direct and star in a new independent film titled I'm a Cop. Aside from Louis C.K. being involved, Scott Rudin (of Captain Phillips, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Rosewater, While We're Young, Top Five recently) is producing, which means this project has plenty of weight behind it. I'm a huge fan of Louis and I've been waiting to write about him again, as he once directed a few features, including Pootie Tang, before focusing on his comedy work and eventually his Emmy-winning show "Louie". So what is his new script about (besides a cop of some kind)? Let's find out.
From THR's report, they explain I'm a Cop is about a "depressed middle-aged man who is a volunteer police officer living in the shadow of his mother, a highly decorated retired officer. When she dies, her continued influence forces him to become a real police officer, which is something he never wanted to be." So it's a goofy cop drama, probably set in New York City, starring Louis C.K. which actually sounds kind of perfect. Now it's just a matter of figuring out who to cast as the mother. No other specifics on which production will start, but we hope this is good news for the film while he's finishing up another season of "Louie" anyway.
In the past, Louis directed a film called Tomorrow Night and the 2001 comedy Pootie Tang before being thrown out by the studio during post-production. "I don't feel like I need anyone to tell me anything with a TV show because I know exactly what I'm doing, but I'd be arrogant to think that I can take someone's $8 million and just turn in a movie," Louis told THR. "Movies are different. There's a permanency to them. I was dealing with people every day whose pressures I didn't understand, and I wasn't very nice about how I said no to them. I put myself in a position I didn't have to be in…" Since then he's directed many of his own episodes of "Louie" as well as comedy specials he's appeared in. Stay tuned for any more updates from here.