‘The Big Sick’s’ Kumail Nanjiani has joined the feature-length adaptation of a Simon Rich short story, ‘Any Person, Living or Dead’.

The story follows a brilliant reclusive scientist who, using his homemade time machine, gathers a roundtable of the greatest minds in history (Shakespeare, George Washington, Aristotle, etc.) to solve all of humanity’s problems. Unfortunately, his plan fails to take into account language barriers, ancient racism and the tendency of medieval men to commit murder. Instead of learning from these Great Men of History, our hero has no choice but to hunt them down and blast them to the past before they can ruin our future.

‘Portlandia’s’ Jonathan Krisel will direct the movie which has been adapted by Rich.

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Nanjiani is best known for being a main cast member on HBO’s Emmy Award-nominated series ‘Silicon Valley’. Since co-writing ‘The Big Sick’ alongside his wife and also starring in the film the offers have been coming in thick and fast for the comedian. He has since gone on to voice the role of Jay in ‘The Lego Ninjago Movie’ as well as star in Krisel’s TV series ‘Portlandia’. His upcoming projects include a role in Jordan Peele’s ‘The Twilight Zone’, He will also voice characters in both ‘Men in Black: International and ‘The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle’.

Krisel wrote, directed and executive produced ‘Portlandia’ in which he gained numerous Emmy nominations. He is also the writer, director and executive producer for ‘Baskets’.