Being Mortal: Searchlight Halts Production of Aziz Ansari’s Feature Debut

Suspends Production Following Complaint

Filming has stopped on the comedian’s feature directorial debut while Searchlight Pictures conducts an investigation.


Starring Bill Murray, Seth Rogen and Keke Palmer, Being Mortal is based on the Atul Gawande nonfiction book Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End. As well as directing, Ansari wrote the script and will play a role in the movie.

Details on the film are scant, but Gawande’s book explores the concepts of death and aging and how the medical profession tends to mishandle both.

The New York Times Review of Books described it as a “moving and clear-eyed look at aging and death in our society, and at the harms we do in turning it into a medical problem, rather than a human one.”