Shatner To Direct Dark Comedy 'Shiva Club'

By Christian
June 26, 2000 - 5:12 PM

According to today's edition of the Hollywood Reporter, William Shatner (James T. Kirk) will be directing and producing a new dark comedy called 'Shiva Club'. The film will be based on his own experiences from last year, when his wife, Nerine Kidd Shatner, had just passed away.

"I had a personal tragedy last year in my life, and during the process of sitting shiva, the concept occurred to me: Grief can be funny," according to Shatner. Shiva is the seven-day period of mourning observed by members of the Jewish faith after someone dies, and the film deals with four stand-up comics who lose their jobs then scheme to audition for Hollywood's top funnyman while he is in shiva for his wife.

The script of the film will be written by David Freed, a former Los Angeles time reporter and winner of the Pullitzer Prize. The original report can be found on the Hollywood Reporter's film page.

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