Williams finds comedy role 'Intolerable'
EmptyComedian Katt Williams is set to star in the workplace comedy "Mission: Intolerable," the first film slated for production from the Weinstein Co./Robert L. Johnson-owned Our Stories Films.
Our Stories president and COO Tracey Edmonds and Mike Karz will produce the film. John Whitesell ("Deck the Halls") is in talks to direct.
Williams will play a wannabe CIA agent who starts a business as a "temp from hell" whom companies hire to get unwanted employees to quit their jobs. His latest assignment goes awry, however, when his new target fights back.
The film is based on an original screenplay by Steven List and Astrid Neal, rewritten by Fax Bahr and Adam Small with additional contributions from Williams. Dave Phillips and Josh Woodward are executive producing and Damon Lee is co-executive producing. Production is expected to begin before the end of first-quarter 2008.
Most Our Stories features, aimed by BET founder Johnson for a black audience, will be theatrically distributed through the Weinstein Co.'s genre arm Dimension Films and released on DVD via the company's Genius Products partnership.
"Intolerable" might be released with another studio as a co-venture depending on the film's final budget. Our Stories' first release was an acquisition, this summer's "Who's Your Caddy?" from Dimension.
Williams, a top-grossing touring comedian, is starring in "First Sunday" opposite Ice Cube for Sony. His HBO show "The Pimp Chronicles" was the network's highest-rated comedy special in 2006.
"We're very excited to have him appear in his first leading role in a feature," Edmonds said.
Williams is repped by ICM, the Collective and attorney Darrell Miller of Miller & Pliakas. Whitesell is repped by CAA and attorney Jason Sloane of Sloane Offer Weber & Dern.
Gregg Goldstein reported from New York; Borys Kit reported from Los Angeles.