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Judd Apatow Will Direct Amy Schumer’s First Movie, ‘Train Wreck’

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Earlier this summer came word that Judd Apatow would be helping comedienne Amy Schumer develop her first movie at Universal Pictures. Apparently, things are developing so nicely, Apatow has decided to make Schumer’s project, titled ‘Train Wreck,’ his next directorial project.

The film will star Schumer as a “basket case” looking to rebuild her life. Apatow is currently casting her boyfriend, best friend and mother in the film.

Initially attached only as a producer, Apatow will now direct the film, which is based on an original script written by Schumer. The move marks something of a sea change for Apatow who previously has only directed movies he has also written (the closest he’s come is ‘The 40-Year-Old Virgin’ which is credited to both Apatow and star Steve Carell).

It’s not entirely surprising that Apatow is branching out for his next project after his last two films – ‘Funny People’ and ‘This is 40‘ – were critical and commercial disappointments. The success of ‘Bridesmaids’ (which he developed and produced for Kristen Wiig) is also likely on Apatow’s mind; a female-led comedy was his highest-grossing movie of all-time.

We appreciate Apatow’s desire to stretch his wings and work on James L. Brooks-style dramedies, but we’re also very happy to have him back working on a straight-up comedy. If it’s anything like ‘Bridesmaids’ or Schumer’s hit Comedy Central series ‘Inside Amy Schumer,’ you can consider our ticket purchased.

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