Tiffany Haddish, Billy Crystal to star in comedy ‘Here Today’

Billy Crystal and Tiffany Haddish will star in and produce the independent comedy “Here Today,” with Crystal directing from a screenplay he co-wrote with Alan Zweibel.

“Here Today” is based on Zweibel’s short story “The Prize.” Crystal will portray a veteran comedy writer who is slowly but surely losing his grip on reality and befriends a talented young New York street singer, played by Haddish. Together, they form an unlikely friendship that kicks the generation gap aside and redefines the meaning of love and trust.

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 11: Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal attend the 2019 TCM Classic Film Festival Opening Night Gala And 30th Anniversary Screening Of 'When Harry Met Sally' at TCL Chinese Theatre on April 11, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic)
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HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 11: Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal attend the 2019 TCM Classic Film Festival Opening Night Gala and 30th Anniversary Screening of 'When Harry Met Sally' at TCL Chinese Theatre on April 11, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 11: Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal attend the 2019 TCM Classic Film Festival Opening Night Gala and 30th Anniversary Screening of 'When Harry Met Sally' at TCL Chinese Theatre on April 11, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 11: Rob Reiner, Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal attend the 2019 TCM Classic Film Festival Opening Night Gala And 30th Anniversary Screening Of 'When Harry Met Sally' at TCL Chinese Theatre on April 11, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 11: Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal attend the 2019 TCM Classic Film Festival Opening Night Gala and 30th Anniversary Screening of 'When Harry Met Sally' at TCL Chinese Theatre on April 11, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 11: Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal attend the 2019 TCM Classic Film Festival Opening Night Gala and 30th Anniversary Screening of 'When Harry Met Sally' at TCL Chinese Theatre on April 11, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 11: Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal attend the 2019 TCM Classic Film Festival Opening Night Gala and 30th Anniversary Screening of 'When Harry Met Sally' at TCL Chinese Theatre on April 11, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 11: Rob Reiner, Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal attend the 2019 TCM Classic Film Festival Opening Night Gala And 30th Anniversary Screening Of 'When Harry Met Sally' at TCL Chinese Theatre on April 11, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 11: Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal attend the 2019 TCM Classic Film Festival Opening Night Gala and 30th Anniversary Screening of 'When Harry Met Sally' at TCL Chinese Theatre on April 11, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Rachel Luna/WireImage)
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Rocket Science is handling international sales at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival, while CAA will handle US rights. Principal photography starts in New York in October.

Astute Films’ President Fred Bernstein made the announcement Wednesday. Besides Crystal and Haddish, producers are Bernstein, Zweibel and Dominique Telson. Rick Jackson, Claudine Marrotte and Samantha Sprecher will serve as executive producers. “Here Today” is a co-production between Astute Films, Crystal’s Face Productions and Big Head Productions.

“I’m so grateful to get the chance to bring this charming and beautiful story to life,” said Crystal. “To write this with Alan was a joy, and to have Tiffany as my co-star is fantastic. The generational differences in our comedy will be great to play with. She’s explosively funny and genuinely human at the same time. Excited to explore all our possibilities together.”

“Here Today” will mark the second collaboration between Crystal and Zweibel, following the Tony Award-winning “Billy Crystal: 700 Sundays” in 2014.

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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Tiffany Haddish attends the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 25: Actress Tiffany Haddish attends the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Note II on October 25, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MAY 05: Actress Tiffany Haddish arrives at APCH's 'Girlz in the Hood' Women of Achievement Awards Luncheon at Beverly Hills Hotel on May 5, 2009 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Brian To/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 21: Actress/comedian Tiffany Haddish arrives at Comedy Central's Emmy Awards party at the STK restaurant September 21, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Comedian Tiffany Haddish on stage during Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam at the HBO & AEG Live's The Comedy Festival 2007 at Caesars Palace on November 16, 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 20: Tiffany Haddish attends the 2017 NBCUniversal Summer Press Day on March 20, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Comedian Tiffany Haddish attends Comedy Central's 'The High Court' Premiere Party at HYDE Sunset: Kitchen + Cocktails on February 27, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Comedy Central)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 22: Tiffany Haddish receives an award at the 2nd Annual All Def Movie Awards at Belasco Theatre on February 22, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Greg Doherty/Getty Images)
THE CARMICHAEL SHOW -- 'Intervention' Episode 307 -- Pictured: (l-r) Amber Stevens West as Maxine North, Tiffany Haddish as Nekeisha Williams -- (Photo by: Vivian Zink/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 25: Regina Hall, Tiffany Haddish, Queen Latifah and Jada Pinkett Smith speak onstage at 2017 BET Awards at Microsoft Theater on June 25, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images )
NEW ORLEANS, LA - JULY 01: (L-R) Will Packer, Malcolm D. Lee, Kofi Siriboe, Larenz Tate, Tiffany Haddish, Regina Hall, Jada Pinkett Smith and Queen Latifah pose in the press room at the 2017 ESSENCE Festival presented by Coca-Cola at Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on July 1, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for 2017 ESSENCE Festival )
NEW ORLEANS, LA - JUNE 30: (L-R) Malcolm D. Lee, Queen Latifah, Tiffany Haddish, Larenz Tate, Regina Hall, Jada Pinkett Smith, Kofi Siriboe, and Will Packer at 'Girls Trip' New Orleans screening at Theatres at Canal Place on June 30, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images)
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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 13: Actress Tiffany Haddish attends the premiere of 'Girls Trip' at Regal LA Live Stadium 14 on July 13, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 17: Tiffany Haddish seen at the ABC studio in Manhattan on July 17, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Pete Davidson (L) and Tiffany Haddish speak onstage during the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - AUGUST 15: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and guest Tiffany Haddish during Tuesday's August 15, 2017 show. (Photo by Scott Kowalchyk/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 15: Actress Tiffany Haddish leaves the 'The Late Show With Stephen Colbert' taping at the Ed Sullivan Theater on August 15, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/GC Images)
NEWARK, NJ - AUGUST 05: Tiffany Haddish attends the 2017 Black Girls Rock! on August 5, 2017 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Paul Zimmerman/WireImage)
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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 01: Honoree Tiffany Haddish (L) and Presenter Lil Rel Howery speak onstage during the 2018 Essence Black Women In Hollywood Oscars Luncheon at Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel on March 1, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Aaron J. Thornton/Getty Images for Essence)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Tiffany Haddish attends Alfre Woodard and Morgan Stanley present the 9th Annual Oscar's Sistahs Soiree on February 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/WireImage,)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Actors Tiffany Haddish (L) and Maya Rudolph speak onstage during the 90th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Actress/comedian Tiffany Haddish attends the 2018 American Black Film Festival Honors Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 25, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images)
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AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 12: Tiffany Haddish attends the 'The Last O.G' Premiere 2018 SXSW Conference and Festivals at Paramount Theatre on March 12, 2018 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for SXSW)
BURBANK, CA - APRIL 29: Tiffany Haddish attends the For Your Consideration Red Carpet Event for TBS' Hipsters and O.G.'s at Steven J. Ross Theatre on the Warner Bros. Lot on April 29, 2018 in Burbank, California. 374251 (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for TBS)
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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: (L-R) Karli Kloss, Brendon Maxwell and Tiffany Haddish attend the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by George Pimentel/Getty Images)
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Crystal has been nominated for 18 Emmys and won six. Notable films include “The Princess Bride,” “Analyze This,” “When Harry Met Sally” and “City Slickers.” He directed and starred in “Mr. Saturday Night” and “Forget Paris.”

Haddish has starred in “Girls Trip,” “Night School,” “Nobody’s Fool” and “The Kitchen,” and also won an Emmy for hosting “Saturday Night Live.”

Crystal is repped by CAA, David Steinberg Entertainment and Sol Rosenthal. Haddish is repped by UTA, Artists First, and Ziffren.

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