Back in late August, Universal picked up a script from comedian Amy Schumer, and Judd Apatow signed on to produce. His producing duties included developing the story and shaping Schumer’s script, and now it looks like he’ll be stepping behind the camera as well. According to THR, Apatow is currently casting Train Wreck, which will star Schumer “as a basket case who tries to rebuild her life, but still to be found are her boyfriend, a best friend/co-worker and a parent.” It sounds somewhat in the vein of Bridesmaids (down-and-out woman comically gets her life together), which Apatow produced. THR reports that the This Is 40 director “met with actors in Los Angeles throughout November,” and Schumer and producer Barry Mendel (This Is 40) are taking meetings in New York this week.
Train Wreck could be a big breakthrough for Schumer, who wrote and starred in the Comedy Central sketch series Inside Amy Schumer, which was picked up for a second season to air in March 2014. I wasn’t familiar with the show, but I saw her do standup when I was New York back in October, and she was great. While Apatow’s last two movies have been over-indulgent, I hope his pairing with Schumer will create a welcome change of pace from his recent directorial efforts.