Judd Apatow Tees Up Netflix COVID Comedy – Report

The prolific and influential comedy writer-director Judd Apatow is not letting 2020 close out with adding a new project to the pipeline: He is now reportedly developing a “pandemic comedy” for Netflix. The untitled film will “follow a group of actors and actresses stuck inside a pandemic bubble at a hotel attempting to complete a film,” according to Variety. This will be Apatow’s first feature film with the streaming service.

Apatow will be co-writing with Pam Brady (South Park), and his longtime producing partner Barry Mendel will be executive producing. Mendel and Apatow have worked together on hit comedies for over a decade, beginning with Funny People and continuing their tradition of personal, poignant, and rites of passage stories with Bridesmaids, This Is 40, Trainwreck, and The Big Sick.

Of anyone to attempt a pandemic comedy, Apatow definitely particularly well-suited to tackle it in such a manner given his background in TV with Freaks And Geeks–it basically sounds like a film-length bottle episode, or a sitcom convention where an entire episode takes place in one set or location. And depending on your temperament, a comedic approach to the pandemic might be more appealing than, say, Michael Bay’s upcoming Songbird–a thriller that imagines COVIDs 20 through 23 as the virus develops a taste for human brain tissue. That is a direction, most likely, Apatow will not be steering this new film towards.

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