Bill Murray is set to star in a comedy/drama entitled Rock the Kasbah. Barry Levinson (Rain Man, Bugsy) will direct the film from a script by Mitch Glazer, who also penned the underrated Billy Murray Christmas comedy Scrooged. Glazer also happened to write/direct the awful direct-to-video film Passion Play starring Mickey Rourke and Megan Fox, as well as Murray in a supporting role. I suppose Glazer built up enough goodwill with Murray on Scrooged that he’s willing to give him another shot.
The film is described as such:
Tells the story of a burned-out music manager who goes to Afghanistan on the USO tour with his last remaining client. When he finds himself abandoned, penniless and without his passport, he discovers a young girl with an extraordinary voice, who stows away with him back to Kabul to compete on the popular television show, The Afghan Star, Afghanistan’s equivalent of American Idol.
Writer Mitch Glazer had this to say about Levinson and Murray’s involvement:
Bill Murray and Barry Levinson are the perfect team to capture the lunacy, heartbreak and hope of this story. I’m ecstatic.
It’s unclear if the movie has any connection to The Clash’s classic song Rock the Casbah, which was about:
A fabulist account of a ban on rock music by the Sharif or King being defied by the population, who proceed to “rock the casbah.” The King orders jet fighters to bomb any people in violation of the ban. The pilots ignored the orders, and instead play rock music on their cockpit radios.
A Kasbah (or in older English ‘Casbah’) is a type of Islamic city or fortress where the local leader would live as a defense when the city was under attack.
This will mark the first time that Murray and Levinson have collaborated. Before that though, you can see Murray in George Clooney’s The Monuments Men, Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel, and the comedy St. Vincent alongside Naomi Watts and Melissa McCarthy.