Nicholas Brooks, son of Jewish comedy legend Mel Brooks, is making his directorial debut with New York-based comedy Sam, which he also produced and co-wrote.
His father serves as an executive producer of the film, which will be out on October 11 courtesy of Vision Films.
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Sam tells the story of a misogynistic NYC womanizer named Sam Wellman (Brock Harris), who, after a mysterious encounter one night, wakes up as a woman (Natalie Knepp). The tables turn as ‘Samantha’ finds herself dodging the unwanted advances of her boss and experiencing big changes in her relationship with best (and only) friend Doc (Sean Kleier).
“Writing, producing and directing Sam has been an incredible experience thanks to an amazing cast and crew, ” Nicholas Brooks said. “I am excited to finally be sharing her with the world. Working with my dad on my first feature has been a fantastic experience – he is a continuously supportive, caring and wonderful executive producer.”
While this is his directorial debut, Nicholas Brooks has worked for 25 years as a story editor for his father’s production company Brooksfilms, and Sam is his sixth screenplay to date.
“We couldn’t be more pleased to be partnering with this legendary Brooks duo on Nicholas’s directorial debut, ” Lise Romanoff, Managing Director/CEO of Vision Films, said. “His talents shine in this film, giving us a twist to remember.”
At 90, the elder Brooks is also keeping busy. In addition to his work on Sam, Mel was recently honored by President Obama, who presented him with a National Medal of Art. He also will release a book, Young Frankenstein: The Story of the Making of the Film, on October 18
The romantic comedy, also starring Morgan Fairchild and Stacy Keachץ