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REPORT: Complaints Against Bill Murray Caused Searchlight’s ‘Being Mortal’ To Shut Down

ROME, ITALY - OCTOBER 19: (EDITORS NOTE: This image has been converted in black and white) Bill Murray walks the red carpet during the 14th Rome Film Festival on October 19, 2019 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images for RFF)

After news broke last night that a mysterious complaint shut down production on Aziz Ansari’s upcoming film Being Mortal, it appears that Bill Murray might actually be the problem.

According to Deadline, the complaint was made against Bill Murray and alleged inappropriate behavior. While it’s unclear what Murray did that was so “inappropriate”, it goes without saying that it must be pretty serious for an entire shoot to have to end as a result.

As of now, Searchlight has not come forward with any additional information, but they have confirmed that an investigation is still being done into the complaint.

This isn’t the first time Bill Murray has been under fire for his attitude on the set of a film. Last year, Lucy Liu publicly spoke about the way Murray treated her when the two worked on the Charlie’s Angels films.

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Being Mortal was supposed to be Ansari’s feature directorial debut. He would star alongside Seth Rogen and Bill Murray. Production began just a few weeks ago, and the film was being targeted for a 2023 release.

Based on the book Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End, a 2014 non-fiction book by American surgeon Atul Gawande, the film was set to address end-of-life care, hospice care, while depicting Gawande’s reflections and personal stories.

It’s unclear how long the suspension will last, but it seems clear that Searchlight has an intention to continue production eventually.

We’ll continue to update this story as details become available.

SOURCE: Deadline