Bobby Cannavale, Robert De Niro and Rose Byrne will share the screen in the upcoming road trip comedy “Inappropriate Behavior.”
Tony Goldwyn directs the film, which also stars Vera Farmiga, Rainn Wilson, Whoopi Goldberg and newcomer William Fitzgerald.
“Inappropriate Behavior” follows Max Bernal (Cannavale), a once-successful night comedy writer who turned out to be a less than successful stand-up comic, who moves in with his father (De Niro), after recently blowing up his career and marriage. When he and his ex-wife Jenna (played by Byrne, Cannavale’s real-life partner) disagree on how to meet the needs of their 11-year-old autistic son Ezra (Fitzgerald), Max decides to kidnap his child and take him on a cross-country odyssey…with comically disastrous results.
Goldwyn is directing the film from an original script written by Tony Spiridakis. Production is expected to begin later this month.
Closer Media, a New York-based production company and financier, and Wayfarer Studios, an independent production studio, will co-finance and produce.
Goldwyn and Spiridakis will also serve as producers on the film, along with Jon Kilik. Other producers include William Horberg and Zhang Xin on behalf of Closer Media; and Steve Sarowitz, Justin Baldoni, Manu Gargi and Andrew Calof for Wayfarer Studios. Jason Pinardo, Cannavale and Lois Robbins will executive produce.
“Tony Spiridakis is a spectrum father and he wrote a script whose truth, humor and grace are evident on every page. Tony Goldwyn has always been drawn to great material, as an actor, producer and filmmaker, going all the way back to our time when we collaborated on ‘Ghost’ at Paramount. When we see this story that celebrates neurodivergence come together with this amazing cast and team, we feel incredibly happy and excited to make this as our first movie at Closer Media,” said Horberg .
Jamey Heath, president of Wayfarer Studios, added: “After hearing the first idea, Wayfarer Studios felt a strong connection with it. We have a duty to make sure everyone feels that they are represented in storytelling, and this unique story shows people who are capable of otherwise. These stories are critical to the growth and acceptance of all people and the opportunity to reach a global audience with this film speaks to our core mission, and we are incredibly proud to partner with Closer Media, who share the same vision.”
CAA handles domestic sales of the film, while Mister Smith Entertainment handles international sales.