Pete Davidson continues to spread the proverbial career wings beyond the warm confines of Saturday Night Live, with word this morning emerging that he’s managed to coax Judd Apatow back into the director’s chair for the first time in 4 years for a semi-autobiographical new comedy film based loosely on Davidson’s childhood.
The Hollywood Reporter confirmed the duo is teaming up for the as-yet untitled project, which Davidson wrote in conjunction with Apatow and SNL writer Dave Sirus.
For Apatow, this will be the first feature film he’s directed since 2015’s Amy Schumer vehicle Trainwreck, and he apparently sees a lot of similarities between that and this upcoming movie.
Davidson, quite famously, lost his firefighter father in the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Centre when Pete was just 7 years old.
The new film will reportedly follow his life growing up in Staten Island, New York, and will follow his burgeoning stand-up career that began when he was just 16.
Davidson’s feature film career is starting to attract heat; his first leading role in the coming-of-age film Big Time Adolescence has garnered critical praise after its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this week.
The new movie is being produced by longtime Apatow collaborator Barry Mendel, who also produced films like The Big Sick and Bridesmaids.
Filming is set to begin in late May/early June.