Martin Freeman to star in “Modern Family” director and Colbert writer’s comedy “Ode to Joy” aka “The Pursuit of Unhappiness”

The premise: A man suffers from a serious disease that causes acute narcolepsy whenever he is happy. The man develops a variety of techniques to deny himself pleasure and deal with the sleep issues, but they’re put to a big test when he falls in love.

Behind the film adaptation based on a segment from public radio’s This American Life Are Jason Winer, Helmer of Warner Bros’ recent Arthur remake and many episodes of ABC’s Modern Family, and to be scripted by Max Werner, a writer on The Colbert Report.

We’ve uploaded some photos taken from social media to our Gallery from filming locations:

Filming Ode to Joy

According to The Hollywood Reporter Winer and Werner have been eyeing the project for years, and were developing it together, Winer said he sparked to the project because it reminded him of his favorite high-concept movies and TV shows growing up, such as Tootsie and Taxi, “something truthful about the human condition.”

The radio segment detailed the challenges faced by people who suffer from the rare but very real disease of cataplexy, which sometimes affects people with narcolepsy. Winer and Werner’s story centers on one male character, a librarian in New York, who has isolated himself to protect himself from the humiliation of passing out in public. But the man then meets a woman for whom he is ready to risk everything for.

The feature version starring Martin Freeman has not yet been given a release date, but with filming started in Brooklyn in the summer, we expect it’ll hit the big screen some time in 2018.

The film is also starred by Morena Baccarin (Deadpool, Homeland), Jake lacy (Carol, Girls), Melissa Rauch (Big Bang Theory) with OST by Lohai and produced by Brett Harris and Sony pictures.

3 Comments on “Martin Freeman to star in “Modern Family” director and Colbert writer’s comedy “Ode to Joy” aka “The Pursuit of Unhappiness””

    1. Hi! We’re in the same spot as you: we really can’t tell for sure. There is still lack of information. From the time he has spent filming and the different photos and locations we like to suppose that it is a lead role. But this is just speculation and not based on any particular piece of information. As soon as something else is confirmed we will post it here and on our social accounts.

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