Variety says that Judd Apatow has added Jason Schwartzman and Jonah Hill have joined the previously-announced Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen, Leslie Mann and Eric Bana in Funny People, which will be co-financed by Universal Pictures and Columbia Pictures, with Universal distributing on July 31, 2009.
The filmmaker, who last wrote and directed Knocked Up, was deliberately vague about subject matter, allowing only that the movie takes place in the world of standup comedy and the focus is on a comedian who has a near-death experience.
The film is a co-production of Apatow Productions and Happy Madison, and Apatow is producing with Clayton Townsend and Barry Mendel. Jack Giarraputo, Rogen and Evan Goldberg are executive producers.
Production begins in mid-September in Los Angeles.