Don’t worry, folks – this is more than just the arthouse Let’s Be Cops. Comedian Louis C.K., best known for his award-winning FX sitcom Louie, has signed on to write, direct and star in an indie film titled I’m a Cop.
The story centers on a depressed, middle-aged man (C.K.’s specialty) who works as a volunteer police officer. Though the work is noble, he consistently feels overshadowed by his mother, a decorated officer who retired after many years on the force. Her passing is the catalyst for him to attempt to become an actual police officer, though he had never imagined himself wanting to carry a badge and a gun.
Powerhouse producer Scott Rudin (Captain Phillips) will produce alongside Dave Becky and Louie exec-producer Blair Breard.
C.K. has dabbled in film before, most infamously during 2001 Chris Rock comedy Pooty Tang, which C.K. directed. Though much of what happened during that production is unclear, it didn’t end well for C.K., who was taken off the film by Paramount after cameras finished rolling.
Hopefully he’ll have better luck on I’m a Cop. Given the comedian’s elevated profile and triple-threat involvement on the project, something tells me this will be C.K.’s show through and through. Even while working on I’m a Cop, C.K. is expected to continue with additional seasons of Louie. The decorated series, which has brought C.K. two of his three Emmys, began its acclaimed fifth season last month.
Next up, C.K. will be heard, not seen, on the big screen as the voice of a terrier in comedy The Secret Life of Pets (scheduled for July of next summer).