Pete Davidson and Judd Apatow are coming to a theater near you. Apatow is directing a yet-unnamed-comedy based on segments of Davidson’s life. The movie was co-written by Davidson, Apatow, and Dave Sirus—a stand-up comic and former writer for Saturday Night Live. On Tuesday, Apatow announced on Twitter that, “we are finally ready to shoot this summer. It’s been many years in the making.”
Apatow and Barry Mendel, both of whom co-produced The Big Sick, will reunite to produce the film. The movie is loosely based on Davidson’s life growing up on Staten Island. When Davidson was seven-years-old, his firefighter father died during the September 11th World Trade Center attack. Davidson has tackled this subject before in his stand-up.
Thanks. Pete and Dave and I have been working on getting a screenplay right almost since TRAINWRECK. We are finally ready to shoot this summer. It’s been many years in the making. https://t.co/hkvvENtWTD
— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) January 30, 2019
Pete Davidson under Judd Apatow’s wing
Apatow’s upcoming movie is one of several new movies to feature Davidson. Big Time Adolescence, which stars Davidson as a burnout, premiered on Sunday at the Sundance Film Festival to great reviews. Vanity Fair even announced that a “new movie star was born.” The magazine also compared the coming-of-age comedy by Jason Orley to a film in the style of Judd Apatow or John Hughes. On February 8, Davidson will appear in What Men Want, an updated reboot of What Women Want starring Taraji P. Henson as the Mel Gibson role. The New Yorker also stars in Going Places, a spin-off of The Big Lebowski, set to be released in 2019.
Many fans and friends have worried about the 25-year old comic’s well-being in the past year. After his very public engagement and break-up with Ariana Grande, Davidson posted that he had been bullied online and in public. In December, he appeared to threaten suicide on a lengthy Instagram post, which prompted a wellness check by the New York Police Department. Davidson reemerged on January 19’s Saturday Night Live and briefly addressed his suicide threat during Weekend Update—but he’s mostly just excited about The Mule.