Jason Priestley Set To Direct Biopic About Phil Hartman

A new film about late comedian Phil Hartman, called Nice Guy Phil (working title), will be directed by Jason Priestley, The Canadian Press is reporting.

Hartman, who will be played by SNL actor Daran Norris, was born in Brantford, Ontario, had starring roles on such hit shows as Saturday Night Life, NewsRadio, and The Simpsons. He was shot and killed by his then-wife Brynn Omdahl, who committed suicide hours after the murder. He was posthumously inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame in 2012 and the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2014.

“Knowing I was a Canadian like him, Phil treated me differently. He was a hero of mine. Still is. I’m excited to tell his story,” Priestley said Thursday in a release.

The Phil Hartman flick will be produced by Tyler Levine.

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