Fans hoping for a Martin Scorsese / Robert De Niro reunion may have to wait a little longer: The 'Departed' director has opted not to make 'The Comedian,' starring De Niro. Stepping into the director's chair just might be De Niro's pal Sean Penn.

With Penn -- director of the downbeat indies 'The Pledge' and 'The Crossing Guard' -- on board, we can expect a fairly dark take on this film, billed as the story of an "aging, bitterly funny stand-up comic."

The script is by Art Linson (producer of 'Heat,' and Penn's last directorial effort, 'Into the Wild') and comedian Jeffrey Ross, who is making his first foray into writing for the movies.

Production is scheduled to begin next year in New York.
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