Bill Murray will star in Rock the Kasbah, a comedy to be directed by Barry Levinson.
QED’s Bill Block, Venture Forth’s Jacob Pechenik and Shangri-La Entertainment’s Steve Bing will produce the project, which QED will introduce at the Toronto International Film Festival
According to QED, Kasbah “is the story of a burned out music manager who goes to Afghanistan on the USO tour with his last remaining client. When he finds himself abandoned, penniless and without his passport, he discovers a young girl with an extraordinary voice, who stows away with him back to Kabul to compete on the popular television show, the Afghan Star, Afghanistan’s equivalent of American Idol."
Mitch Glazer, who wrote Murray’s 1988 comedy Scrooged, penned the script.
In QED’s announcement, Block called Murray and Levinson “the perfect team to capture the lunacy, heartbreak and hope of this story.”
At Toronto, the company will be selling Fading Gigolo, starring John Turturro and Woody Allen, Fanny starring Richard Gere, Are We Officially Dating? starring Zac Efron and two David Ayer movies, Sabotage and Fury.
Levinson was due to direct Black Mass, a crime drama starring Johnny Depp, but those plans fell apart when Depp backed out. He is repped by ICM Partners, Elaine Goldsmith Thomas and Barry Hirsch.
Glazer is repped by WME and Melanie Cook.