As Horace and Pete proved, comedian Louis CK is pretty good at roping in big names to appear in his under-the-radar projects.
Most fans first found out about the comedy when Louis CK himself emailed them a download link, keeping the web series completely under wraps for months.
And now he's gone and done it again. The comedian and filmmaker is set to debut his first feature film in 16 years with a surprise premiere set for the Toronto International Film Festival on 7 September.
The movie, titled I LOVE YOU DADDY, stars Chloe Grace Moretz, John Malkovich, Rose Byrne, Charlie Day, Helen Hunt and Pamela Adlon.
Shot entirely on 35mm in black and white (OoOoOoOoOoOOh), Louis CK will play Glen Topher, a successful television producer and writer (such range!), with Moretz playing his daughter.
This is C.K's second directorial effort following 2001's critically-derided cult favourite Pootie Tang, starring Chris Rock. "There's a lot in that movie I love," C.K. told The AV Club in 2004. "It makes me happy that a world I created and wrote and shot made people happy and then lived on. After all, there aren't many other movies from that year that people still want to see now. But still, there's some regret as to how it came out, and things like that. It was worth it, though, because it was probably the most significant education of all the surviving-failure lessons I've gotten. Also, I think the success it's had proves that there's a little more to what I was saying than they thought. I think that if they had let me have even a little more freedom, it could have been more of a success."
But a few years ago, C.K. labeled the film "a huge mistake" that should never have been made.
"That experience was very painful, I was sucking at making the movie and got fired off of it, and they put my name on it anyway. But failing at Pootie Tang is one of the reasons for why this show is good. The army of failures I've had are the reasons that I'm good at what I'm doing now."