Great news! Comedic genius Louis C.K. (Louie) is making a movie. C.K., who has taken home five Emmys and a Peabody for his FX series Louie, will write, direct and star in I’m a Cop. Blair Bread, who is an executive producer on Louie and a number of C.K.’s standup specials, will produce the comedy alongside Scott Rudin and Dave Becky.
I say Louis C.K. is a comedic genius with no hyperbole. He’s utterly hilarious and has a gift for tackling painful or controversial subject matters in a way that is refreshingly candid and human, offering a little insight to human nature along with the uproarious laughter. His approach to comedy is both catholic and intimately personal at the same time. If I’m a Cop is anywhere near as good as Louie or any of C.K.’s standup segments, this is going to be a special film.
THR provides a plot description.
The script tells of 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.
It’s been almost fifteen years since C.K.’s directorial debut, the 2001 Chris Rock comedy Pootie Tang, which C.K. also wrote. While that experience was a disaster for the comedian, Paramount removed him during post-production and the film was critically panned, there’s no doubt he’s learned a lot as a creator in the years since.
As Louie has proved, C.K. is a gifted writer and performer who can knock it out of the park when he’s allowed to fully realize his vision, which is why I’m so excited this is being produced as an independent film. Hopefully that means C.K. will be able to execute his ideas without interference, and finally bring his signature brand of comedy to a feature film.
What do you think? Are you excited to see what C.K. does with the film format? Who would you like to see co-star? Sound off in the comments.