Shatner To Direct Comedy Movie

By T'Bonz
March 4, 2008 - 4:13 AM

William Shatner will be stepping behind the camera to direct a film after signing a multi-project deal with Big Screen Entertainment Group (BSEG).

As reported by and, Shatner had just signed a deal to direct a movie reported to be based on the Jewish custom of sitting Shiva, the period of mourning after the death of a family member. According to a 2000 interview with The Hollywood Reporter, while sitting shiva after the death of his wife Nerine, Shatner realized that "grief can be funny."

"We're pleased to be working with Mr. Shatner and proud he has chosen Big Screen and Five Star as his producing partners on this project, which promises to be a funny and compelling film," said BSEG CEO Kimberley Kates. "Discussions are underway with a number of big stars who are interested in participating, as well as a major studio."

Another project for Shatner is Gonzo Ballet, a feature-length documentary about a ballet by Margo Sappington called Common People. Common People was set to the music of William Shatner and Ben Folds from their Has Been album. Gonzo Ballet is expected to be released this year.

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