The rights for Simon Rich’s short story Any Person, Living or Dead have been acquired with actor-comedian Kumail Nanjiani attached to feature in the film, reported Variety. While Rich will adapt the script, Jonathan Krisel is set to direct it.
The story was recently published in Rich’s collection of short stories titled Hits and Misses, and follows a brilliant scientist who, using his homemade time machine, gathers a round table of the greatest minds in history such as, Shakespeare, George Washington, Aristotle, etc, to solve all of humanity’s problems.
Unfortunately, his plan fails to take into account language barriers, ancient racism and the tendency of medieval men to commit murder. Instead of learning from these Great Men of History, our hero has no choice but to hunt them down and blast them to the past before they can ruin our future.
Nanjiani will next be seen in Men in Black: International, which comes out June 14, followed by Stuber, which also opens this summer.
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On the TV front, the Big Sick actor will star in one of the episodes for reboot of The Twilight Zone and is also returning to reprise his role in his HBO series Silicon Valley.
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