- The couple co-wrote the 2017 blockbuster romantic comedy “The Big Sick” about their real life story.
Kumail Nanjiani and his wife Emily V. Gordon have finished writing the script for a new romantic comedy. Speaking on the Emmy red carpet earlier this week, the couple told Variety that they hope to start producing and developing the film which will also star the Pakistani American actor. The duo is actively looking for a production company to come aboard and begin development.
While the two kept details about the film’s plot hidden, Nanjiani confirmed to Variety that the film is a “comedy, romance, drama” that will follow “another relationship,” but is not as “nakedly auto-biographical” like their first film “The Big Sick.”
The 2017 film tells the couple’s real life story. Nanjiani, a stand-up comedian, falls for Gordon. Their relationship, however, faces challenges when she falls critically ill, which adds further tension to a relationship already complicated through the pair’s cultural differences and family dynamics. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for best original screenplay and won the Critics’ Choice Movie Award for best comedy.
Nanjiani and Gordon recently celebrated their 16th wedding anniversary in Chicago, where they first met. According to a 2017 New Yorker profile, the couple first met at one of Nanjiani’s standup gigs in Chicago, where he was “lovingly heckled” by Gordon at the bar.Earlier this month, he revealed on “The Jennifer Hudson Show” that he popped the question to Gordon, three years after their marriage on a holiday in Montauk, New York.
Nanjiani meanwhile was nominated for an Emmy for outstanding lead actor in a limited or anthology series or movie for his performance as Somen “Steve” Banerjee “Welcome to Chippendales.” Steven Yeun won the award in the category for “Beef.” Anthony Anderson hosted the awards show, which aired live on Fox on Jan. 15 from the Peacock Theater in downtown Los Angeles.
The actor has lent his voice to Benjamin Renner’s recently released animated film “Migration,” about the Mallard family of ducks convincing their overprotective father Mack (Nanjiani) to go on the vacation of a lifetime as they migrate from New England, through New York City, and ultimately down to the Bahamas.
He will next be seen in “Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire” and in James L. Brooks’ anticipated directorial return, a film about an idealistic, young politician. He’s also been set to star opposite Mandy Moore in “Thread: An Insidious Tale,” a new film in the Insidious horror universe. He will also be seen with Sam Rockwell in “A Guy Walks Into a Bar,” a dark comedy from director Gary Fleder, about a mild-mannered new father (Nanjiani) who befriends a charismatic yet mysterious man (Rockwell) at a bar and soon suspects him of concealing a troubling secret.