Louis C.K. Will Write, Direct and Star in a Sad-Sack Cop Movie

By  · Published on May 5th, 2015

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In a recent episode of Louie, guest-star Michael Rapaport gave a terrific performance as a depressed, screw-up cop with the NYPD, and now it’s all I can think about as news comes in about a movie that Louis C.K. is making where he’ll play a depressed, sad-sack volunteer cop. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the comedian will write and direct the movie, titled I’m a Cop, in addition to starring. Whether he’ll edit, as he did for a while with his TV series, is unknown.

The details of the plot concern a guy whose mom is a highly decorated officer. When she dies, he’s forced to fully join the department as a real cop against his desires. It’s hard to tell if the movie will be carry the sad-sack tone throughout or if C.K.’s character will wind up seeing some action on the job and have to save the day. Will it be a bunch of uncomfortable situations, a la Louie, or will it be more of his weird and silly stuff seen in his early films?

It’s been almost 15 years since his last feature as director, Pootie Tang, but C.K. has been showing up more and more on the big screen in supporting roles in relatively prestigious projects. He played a love interest for Sally Hawkins in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine, and then he stole scenes in David O. Russell’s American Hustle as Bradley Cooper’s boss at the FBI.

Later this year, we’ll see him as a fictional screenwriter in the biopic Trumbo, about real-life blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, and then next year we’ll hear him as the voice of the main character, a terrier named Max, in Universal’s animated feature The Secret Life of Pets.

He does have another directorial gig in the pipeline, and that may be a TV movie according to IMDb but it’s just a new series pilot starring his friend and Louie co-star Pamela Adlon called Better Things. And we’ll have to see now if he does a sixth season of Louie or if he’ll be devoting too much time to this movie effort.

I’m a Cop will be produced by Scott Rudin, who also worked on C.K.’s pal Chris Rock’s recent movie as writer/director/star, Top Five.

Christopher Campbell began writing film criticism and covering film festivals for a zine called Read, back when a zine could actually get you Sundance press credentials. He's now a Senior Editor at FSR and the founding editor of our sister site Nonfics. He also regularly contributes to Fandango and Rotten Tomatoes and is the President of the Critics Choice Association's Documentary Branch.