Billy Crystal will direct and co-write a comedy titled Here Today, and he’ll be starring in it alongside Tiffany Haddish.
The Astute Films-produced comedy will see Crystal playing Charlie Berns, a veteran comedy writer that is slowly but surely losing his grip on reality. He befriends a talented New York street singer, Emma Paige (Haddish), and the two form an unlikely, touching friendship, one that defies the generation gap aside and redefines the meaning of love and trust.
Crysal is writing the screenplay with Emmy-winning writer Alan Zweibel, who penned the short story, The Prize, that the film is to based on. Zweibel’s past credits include Saturday Night Live and Rob Reiner-directed films North and The Story of Us.
“I’m so grateful to get the chance to bring this charming and beautiful story to life,” Crystal said in a statement. “To write this with Alan was a joy, and to have Tiffany as my co-star is fantastic. The generational differences in our comedy will be great to play with. She’s explosively funny and genuinely human at the same time. Excited to explore all our possibilities together.”
This will be the first directorial effort in around 19 years for Crystal, whose last work at the helm was the well-received 2001 HBO film 61*, which earned him a Primetime Emmy nomination. Crystal has directed two feature films: 1992 comedy-drama Mr. Saturday Night and 1995 rom-com Forget Paris, both of which he also starred in.
Here Today, which Crystal and Haddish will also produce, will begin filming in New York this October.